April 07, 2006
Ok first off I want to start by saying that I found this play to be a lot like how SHU performed ANtony and Cleopatra. The whole crucifixtion of this "criminal" but there's talk about modern technology, New York, and filming the crucifixtion. It reminded me a lot of the play.
Secondly, the way that Miller wrote the play was not how I read plays when I was in drama. There seemed to be less telling of what the actors are doing... their movements, actions, flailing arms, faceial expressions. The plays that I read when I was in drama in high school seemed to have a lot more of that. It was a struggle for me to picture what I was reading as I was reading it because of that.
Felix: The reaons you're depressed is...
Henri, grips his head: I beg you, Felix, don't tell me why I'm depressed!
Felix: ... It's because you're a rich man in a poor country, that's all... but we're moving, by god!
This kind of stumped me for a little. I can understand being depressed because you're rich. A lot of rich people are depressed or sad because of many reasons. But being depressed in a poor country... would he be depressed because it is a poor country and everyone else is poor and here is this man who's rich?
Posted by DanielleMeyer at April 7, 2006 12:04 AM
Maybe he is depressed because he knows there is very little the country can do to turn their economy around.
I also think that the way Miller doesnt tell allows for your imagination to take flight. I mean the basis of the book is about a crucifixion of the 'messiah'. That is a very bold, big and surprising plot to put in a play. So he leaves room for imagination to occur.
Posted by: Denamarie Ercolani at April 7, 2006 11:43 PM