THE CONVERSATIONALIST by José de los Reyes, directed by Fitz Bitana.
It was my first time to watch a play at Teatro Mulat. I almost got lost even when I already have the complete address of the theater. The address was nowhere to be found on my gps. And I have never thought that there is a theater inside Teacher's Village. I wasn't expecting a grand elegant theater. Although I am more concerned with how the play will go than the artistic interior design of the stage. Mulat theater was founded in 1977 and based on my not-so-intensive research, it was initially a theater made for puppet shows. Inside the old theater, the stage was simple. With few white curtains hanging on the background, no curtains, no backdrops and theatrical scenery. The only prop that you can see on stage before the play starts is a bench. The theater offers seats for 40-60 people. We sat on the the last platform in the back and we were still able to hear the actors just fine. Considering the size of the theater, volume wasn't an issue at all.
Based on the handout that was given to us before the show started, "The Conversationalist" is a story about "a woman who takes money for favours. But she is not a whore. She is the Conversationalist. For a penny or two she will be anything for you and she will listen, listen to all your fears, broken dreams, and everything in between; that is until time runs out." I was intrigued with how the story will go. Reading the synopsis will leave you with a question about why would someone need a conversationalist. And I think that the audience shared the same sentiments because I have observed that everyone was really watching and paying attention to the play. In my opinion, the climax of the story was also the part where I got confused. There was a part of the play where I can't tell if "the conversationalist" is acting out a character or was it her real self talking. You really have to pay attention to that part or you will get lost until the play ends. It turns out that the "conversationalist" who gets paid to listen to anyone's problem also has issues that she needs to resolve. In the end, she also needed someone to converse her problems and frustrations with. The story was clearly delivered. And the actors identified well with the characters that they are portraying. They engaged my emotions and held my attention until the very last second of the play. They leaped out of their lines. The actors' clear pronunciation, diction and right tone worked and it did a lot to amuse the audience. Yes, it a big
2. It is not that easy to separate characters when you're portraying multiple roles. The light was adequate and the simple stage was effective. I think almost everyone gets distracted with mispronunciations. I must say that the play was well casted.
1. As I have described the setting of the stage earlier. I must say that it wasn't really necessary to add desgins and props as the story of the play is its strength. Somehow. One actor portrayed 3 characters in that play. I want your personal reaction to the play as an evening of Theatre. the director got the cast to really understand the underpinnings of the story by Jose De Los Reyes. the attention is diverted to enunciating words rather focusing on the talent. and well directed. but when you see someone do it. Based on the performance of the actors. however you need to cover the following subjects in your reaction paper. Your overall opinion of the entire production.
Audience reaction Success of the play as an evening of theatre Clarity of the story telling
. I know it happens a lot. b. What were the strengths of the performance? What were the weaknesses of the performance? How well was it staged? How well was it acted? What did you think of the story? How does this show apply to contemporary life? Your paper doesn’t need to take a specific form. Consider the following: a.factor during a play. ========
Reaction Paper Guidelines
First of all. Discuss the actors and their performances. But the actor did good in doing so. c. They drew the scene to bring the audience to a good emotional climax and ending. Well. you just can't help but to feel great admiration towards the actor.
costuming. and everything in between. Did the actors allow you to identify with their characters? Did you believe that the characters saying the words rather than the actors? Did the actors playing multiple roles make it easy to separate their characters? What does the play say about life? How does it reflect your life? What are the major ideas beneath the surface of the play?
b. lighting. --Congratulations Jose and Fitz! June can't come fast enough for those
. She is the Conversationalist. I want your reactions to the theatrical aspects of the production. and 4. listen to all your fears.
c. =============== The Conversationalist by Jose Delos Reyes There is a woman who takes money for favours.Consider the following: a. What can you say about the overall visual impact? Any other topics that you wish to discuss may be included but do not give me a plot synopsis. that is until time runs out.
3. Director: Fitz Bitana Fitz Bitana is a child of the stage. For a penny or two she will be anything for you and she will listen. But she is not a whore. broken dreams.
Discuss the play’s scenery. taking on many roles and looking forward to many more years in theater.
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