Act 2 Compare And Contrast Gloria And Vera

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Act I shows promise for Vera and Gloria while decades later showing a sad ending in Act II as exemplified by the critics of Vera’s life. What I didn’t get from reading the book was how bad it got for Vera later in life as shown by the productions ability of using the characters/acting, overall plot, theme, spectacle, music/rhythm, and language. The characters were portrayed with great animated acting, especially Vera showing enthusiasm in both Act I and Act II but in different ways between the two acts, and just would not have gotten the overall enthusiasm/portrayal if I did not see the play live in theatre. Production did a good job of telling the story by highlighting major plot points such as, Vera’s successes and setbacks, Gloria’s dinner …show more content…
For instance, regarding Vera wanting and get the role for the movie The Belle of New Orleans, “You know, be a star! And tonight I crossed a bridge, and I’m telling you, I ain’t going back!” (38, S4, Act I) and when the critics were discussing Vera at her worst, “Bottom line, she couldn’t, wouldn’t anymore” (55, S3, Act II). Production did an authentic job of what the play should have been based on the plot of the book and did not change the play based on the book at all. Especially when Vera and Lottie were singing together and hustling there way to stardom to impress the director. The set-up was Vera singing in the center where everyone could see her, while Lottie (who did an excellent job) would slowly creep her way into the scene by humming the words after Vera. And then ultimately getting the role, but as discussed later in the book and in the production by the critics in Act II eventually Vera changes and it’s not for the best. But in general they would have different settings that represent all of the major plot points such as Gloria’s party and the critic discussion of Vera’s legacy/talk show. All in all, it was good acting that represented the major plot points …show more content…
By and large the acapella performance of Vera and Lottie during the production was at a just right pace, easy to understand from audience perspective. The role the singing played showed off the ability of the actors singing voices and ability to be in harmony. As noted earlier, Lottie continued her subtle willingness to make the play so good with her great humming abilities to match Vera’s excellent voice. The singing got the message across very clear to show how badly they wanted the roles in The Belle of New Orleans. Next, there is music in the production during the intermissions of the play, the music serve the job well and match the vibes of the production well. And in terms of rhythm in the production I thought Lottie did the best job for her consistency of being funny, ability to connect with other characters, and ability to sing and just overall improve the play. Which is something I did not get before going to the live production, was the ability to truly see what a character

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