Octoroon Critique Analysis

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An Octoroon Performance Critique I had the opportunity to attend Theatre UCF’s production of An Octoroon at the UCF Theatre in Orlando, Florida. Throughout my life, I have had the experience of going to productions at the secondary school level, club level, collegiate, and professional/Broadway level. In my opinion, Broadway shows have always amazed me and continue to bring the highest level of acting and musicality. However, shows at the secondary, club, and collegiate level all have the opportunity to be better than one another. In saying this, I was had an unpleasant surprise when I went to see Theatre UCF’s production of The Octoroon. Because of the disagreement among acting, design and technology, directing and choreography, and stage …show more content…
I felt it made the audience-actor relationship quite awkward, as the beginning scene with M’Closky getting dressed could have began with him portrayed in more clothing. I found the plot in the beginning of the show to be quite confusing. Aside from the partial nudity, the opening scene contained M’Closky breaking the fourth wall while telling a story about himself and his “therapist” during a therapy session. At the end of this dialogue, M’Closky states that he “could never afford no therapist” and the whole story was false. However, he continues to reference the therapist during the rest of the scene. I found this confusing and a waste of dialogue. If it is one thing that I can applaud the cast on, it is projection. The theater, which I would consider to have a proscenium stage, had very good acoustics, partially due to its acoustic sound panels. Because of this, the actors’ and actresses’ voice projection was heard loud and clear. No microphones were used in this production to amplify the voices of the …show more content…
In the instances where sound effects and speakers were used, all the cues were met by the technical crew. In the opening scene, M’Closky is seen using a small radio to play music. While the music was playing on it, the actor motioned for the music to play on the overhead speakers, which happened seamlessly. I found it interesting how the sound on a small radio was projected easily throughout the whole theater. I was not too impressed with the design of the set. The only thing that changed about the set throughout the show were the props, until the last scene of the show. I feel like this type of minimalistic set can be portrayed properly in a show like A Chorus Line where the acting and dancing is interesting. I wish I saw a change of scenery throughout the show. The lighting for hte play, however, was great. The way in which the lighting was executed was done in a professional manner. I felt like the light board operator did a nice job of being on-time with all of his cues throughout the production. The different aspects of light helped to portray different moods, weather, and emotions.The design of the costumes was great. I felt like the time period of the slavery era was well portrayed through the

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