Create a 6 pages page paper that discusses terrance mcnally’s its only a play. Believability was high within the performance that I saw, with each of the characters blending into the production as if they were living life rather than being in a play. The exaggerations in the text were well performed, creating humor that was centrally located within the conflicts of the piece and most of this was accomplished by the actors.
There was a moment when a line in the first act was given by Noah Mittman, playing Gus, that seemed to break the realism within the work. Much of his performance, while good, seemed to be a bit stalled in places. The character played by J. Nick Dickert, by the name of James, picked up the pace when it seemed to have fallen slightly short. The interactions between these two characters seemed to have some pacing difficulties which created a problem for me. While my interpretation may be inaccurate, their interaction seemed a bit strained and therefore did not fully meet the expectation of believability.
2. Identify the performers you considered most successful. Citing specifics from the production, note what they did well: particular gestures, lines, or moments. Try to describe their success clearly. for example, how did the performer’s voice sound? How did he or she move? How did he or she interpret the role?
I thoroughly enjoyed the character of the producer, Julia, played by Ilasiea Gray. While imperfect the part seemed to reflect the imperfections of the character so that those moments that might not have been as a believable pass for character flaws. The interpretation of the role made it seem natural to the theater, even in its naiveté, a position in which she ‘interprets’ theatrical phrases to members of the play as if they would not understand them. In some ways, it was easier to relate to her as she was somewhat on the outside of the theater looking in when she related to the other characters, which placed her in a similar position as the audience. As some of the humor was above the education of the audience, so too was the situation above her experience, thus making her more easily relatable. She was a space between the audience and the action of the other characters which eased the tension that can exist between ’theater people’ and those who only attend or help from the outside. While she was a producer, she was still not fully immersed or as experienced.