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Circle Mirror Transformation Play Review.docx

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Boston College
THTR 1170
Howard Enoch

Audra Hampsch Introduction to Theatre Prof. Enoch 23 February 2014 Bonn Show Review:Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation Although taking place in the imaginary town of Shirley, Vermont,Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation couldn’t be any more realistic to how relationships actually develop in the real world. Several of Baker’s other plays—such as The Aliens and Body Awareness— similarly take place in this uniquely abstract, made-up town . However, her seemingly unrealistic inventiveness and imagination hardly take away from her plays’accurate portrayal of society. Circle Mirror Transformation follows four participants of a creative drama class— Schultz, Theresa, Lauren, and James—as well as the class’s colorful director, Marty. Schultz is a recently divorced carpenter who struggles in social interactions, while Theresa, a former actress and hopeless heartbreak herself, is a genuine and respectful young woman. During the course of the acting class, the two get caught up in a romantic relationship. Lauren, on the other hand, is a standoffish high school junior with dreams of her own acting career. Lastly, James is Marty’s husband, who appears to struggle in his own relationships not only with women, but also with his father. Marty, acting as the glue between each of theses strangers, not only develops their relationships with one another, but also offers a creative therapy for them to deal with their own individual issues . 1 Timmel, Lisa. “Welcome to Shirley, Vermont!” The Shirley, Vermont Plays. About Shirley, Vermont. Web. 23 February 2014. 2 Gates, Anita. “Quick There,Actor, Make Like a Tree.” New York Times. Theatre Review, 15 Oct 2009. Web. 23 February 2014. The play as a whole is directed towards individual audience members, asking them to reflect upon their own personal relationships and issues. The performance encapsulates an experience called “theatre for therapy,” in which actors are encouraged to express repressed emotions and open up while acting. Specifically, their acting mirrors improvisational acting, giving the audience a feeling of realness to the dialogue and story. This, in turn, creates an emotional release known as catharsis—after the production, audience members can see how effortlessly relationships are built up, but more so, how quickly they are likewise lost or destroyed. This particular version of Circle Mirror Transformation was directed by Boston College senior, Maggie Kearnan, who gave the production a modern feel with the incorporation of current technology, such as iPhones, and contemporary music during scene breaks. On an entertainment level, the play has a comedic element that takes away from the seriousness of the message. For example, towards the end of the play while the characters were sharing deep, untold secrets, Lauren’s secret reads, “I secretly think I am smarter than everyone else,” which sent the audience into laughter and deterred from the seriousness of the moment. Several other wacky and awkward interactions engage the audience as a form of comic relief.As a whole, Circle Mirror Transformation maintains a natural balance between drama and comedy, allowing the audience members to become involved, enjoy themselves, and remain interested . 3 Throughout the production of Circle Mirror Transformation, there are several extremely effective elements of the play, yet some negative contributors as well. The music, as mentioned earlier, is more contemporary and lyrical than a typical play’s instrumental interlude. This music not only symbolizes the passage of time from week to week, but also engages a modern audience’s taste. Lighting is another tool used to represent the progression of time: the lights 3 Baker,Annie. “Circle Mirror Transformation.” Dramatists Play Service Inc. New York City. Web. 23 February 2014. frequently dim after each exercise in order to symbolize the changing of activities. This is not as effective as the music, however, because the frequ
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