February 25, 2007

Everyman and Everything

When I think of a musical, I imagine the "traditional" plays filled with elaborate costumes, catchy songs, and a nice tidy ending. Instead, with Everyman, I got death and a moral lesson.

Before watching the play I didn't know anything about the story- I certainly wasn't expecting an Old English Christian-themed play about the immorality of man and how this should be corrected before death. The old language was a sharp contrast to the modern, well, everything- costumes, scenery, and most of all, the Indigo Girls music. Now, even I know that the Indigo Girls weren't around when this play was written...no historical research needed.

The decision to mix the modern music with the historic play was an excellent idea- it broke up the Old English dialog (which took a minute to get used to) and the strong Christian subject matter (would you expect any less from SHU?). The music seemless for the theme of the play...almost as if it had been written especially for the play. I mean, who writes songs with so many spiritual references in them? Indigo Girls, did you have this play in mind when writing your songs?

Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by VanessaKolberg at February 25, 2007 6:48 PM | TrackBack

Isn't it a little weird that a Medieval Morality Play based on Old English Christian themes to be based on death.

I also agree with that the language was a sharp contrast to the modern era considering that in the pamphlet is says that the time is in the present.

I really enjoyed the idea of the drum circles and beach setting. The music by the Indigo girls was a nice mix; however, it seemed a little to modern for the old language that was used.

Posted by: Denamarie at February 27, 2007 12:38 PM

I disagree, Denamarie. I really think that the morality plays were created to make people think about their ultimate end so that they would focus more on making their lives more aligned with the Christian faith. Just wait till you get to Chaucer...

I don't really know if the music added anything to the play, though. I mean, sure it was a nice modern relation for the audience, but is it necessary for this same modern audience to understand the meaning of the play? It's nice to have adaptations sometimes, but what does this say about our generation's ability to comprehend material that doesn't have modern costuming, music, language, etc.? Are we that naive?

Posted by: Karissa at February 28, 2007 4:07 PM

My goodness, it is so obvious that Karissa and I sat next to each other at "Everyman" because we share an identical perspective about SHU's production.

Posted by: Dave Moio at February 28, 2007 8:27 PM
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