Analysis Of A Man Of No Importance

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The second performance for this semester was called A Man of No Importance, from the book written by Terrence McNally, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. The story follows the journey of Alfie Byrne, and his theatre group at St. Imelda’s, as he figures out who he is in Dublin, Ireland in 1964.
Given the setting of the play being in very Catholic Dublin, Ireland, especially in 1964 the lives of the characters are impacted in many different ways. The hold that the rules of the church have on them impacts all of their lives differently. Alfie doesn’t feel comfortable coming out as gay to even his closest friends and family. Lily is left waiting for Alfie to marry before she can marry herself, and the entire group of St.
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He goes back and forth with Oscar Wilde speaking of love that he cannot speak out loud about. This allows the audience to truly get into Alfie’s head and see what he is feeling and thinking since he is not very outspoken to the others. The other thing it allows the audience to see is how his connection to Oscar Wilde impacts him and his thoughts. The other musical number, “Tell Me Why” in Act 2, Lily sings about her feelings after finding out that Alfie is gay. Lily shows her confusion and different feelings about this news and how it made her feel like a fool not knowing all these years and how she still dreams about his wedding day. The musical number ends after Alfie has walked away and she sings, “You must have known, I’d love you all the same.” This number is important to show that everyone doesn’t always know what the other person is thinking and doesn’t always hear the full story as well. Both of these numbers in the play give the audience a visceral response and makes the audience create more empathy and feelings for the characters in the …show more content…
The whole play, illuminates the journey of Alfie and the other players as well. It contributes theatrically to the production in such a way that allows for the entire story to be played out and shown why Alfie is the way he is and what he went through and struggled with before everyone knew he was gay. The other aspect that comes into play is dreams. When Alfie is tempted by Breton Beret, Oscar Wilde appears and tells him “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” This illuminates the way that Alfie is coming to more of a realization with who he is as a person and then it also contributes theatrically to the production by showing Alfie’s change in thought process for finding out who his true self

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