The Theatrical Experience: Compare & Contrast
Never before have I experienced both a theatrical experience in a thrust stage theatre along with a black box theatre all in the same month. Being able to witness two different performances with vast differences was an opportunity where I was able to value the rewards that come along with each individual location. At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Hamlet was presented in a thrust stage space which I felt was the most appropriate manner to pull the audience into the story. I sat on the right side and middle section of the audience seating and I felt that I didn’t lack the invitation by the actors during the show. At CSU’s University Theatre, The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams was presented in a black box theatre which blew my mind on a different scale experience that I witnessed with Hamlet. Coming into the Denver theatre I walked inside I was seated with a higher expectation when compared to CSU’s theatre. Both were alike from the common purpose of entering a stage theatre to witness an actor played performance. The differences that I noted most were by the Denver theatre having more comfortable and spacious seats while the CSU had small crammed uncomfortable chairs. As an audience you were able to sit throughout the entire Hamlet performance comfortably and focus directly on the show while during the Night of the Iguana you were constantly moving around and being distracted by the uncomfortable chairs. The difference and benefit of having the smaller chairs in Night of the Iguana was the specific degree of formality allowing the audience to be up close to the actors and seeing the smallest details of their gestures up close. Whereas in Hamlet you could see the entire stage and all the actors at once but you lacked experiencing the detailed feelings and bodily features throughout the entire performance of the characters. To give a more detailed explanation of a personal connection...
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