Commedia dell’arte relies on slapstick humor and stock characters to entertain the audience. Slapstick comedy involves plenty The harlequin stock character (not to be mistaken with Joker’s girlfriend) used to be cowardly, superstitious, and plagued by a continual lack of money and food as described by Richard Pallardly. Since then, the character has been altered to fit the changing times and diverse audiences.

The harlequin in One Man, Two Guv’nors is played by James Corden. He carries the play with his witty humor, mindless use of violence, and breaking of the fourth wall all throughout. …


Humanity through Music

Learning through musicals probably is not the most ideal way to learn, but it sure is effective. Watching Kiss Me Kate, Hamilton, and part of Man of La Mancha (performed by Robert Cuccioli), has led me to realize the importance of musicals. Raw emotions regarding historical circumstances can be conveyed much more effectively through a musical number than a book. Each musical is set in a time before ours and presents the experiences that people have gone through captivating songs that remain in our memories for a long time.

Kiss me Kate was inspired by the dissent between real-life husband…


The National Theater’s production of Frankenstein brings us into the world of the creature, unlike any other adaptation. We are either meant to monsterize the creature or hold Frankenstein’s human form above the creature. Even in Junji Ito’s adaptation of the novel by Mary Shelly, Victor Frankenstein is portrayed more like a victim. In this production, we begin at the creature’s beginning, not Victor Frankenstein’s.

He is left to learn how to use his stitched-up legs within fifteen minutes because if he were to take any longer, even the audience would abandon him. Thankfully, we watched him from the very…


When I initially think about operas, I tend to stay away because of how old-timey they seem. Learning about stock characters and the conventional romantic comedy structure reinforced the idea in my mind that operas are less than enjoyable and had no way of pulling my heartstrings. Much to my surprise, L’Elisir d’Amore managed to pull me in through the romance between Adrina and Nemorino. Despite the two being stock characters within a structure, there were plenty of heartfelt moments and funny gestures that thickened the plot. L’Elisir d’Amore showed me how timeless comedic opera can be. …


Jerome Robbins’s Glass Pieces showcases beauty in individuality and conformity and the intertwining of the two in society. Throughout the entire performance, I couldn’t help but connect the name “Glass Pieces” to a mosaic. They were their own glass piece that was strategically placed to decorate the stage. The dancers either danced to the rhythm or the melody throughout each part all while maintaining some type of individuality through their clothing or placement in the dances.

The first part, “Rubric” opens with a plain grid as the backdrop, and an ensemble comes out and mimics the kind of movement a…


When I heard we would be speaking with Pascal Rioult, the man behind Bolero, and one of his dancers, Sara Elizabeth Seger, I was intrigued. After watching the dance and asking Pascal Rioult some questions about his choreography, I thought back to the imitation theory mentioned in What is dance? By Roger Copeland and Marshall Cohen. Dance can be used to imitate nature, someone else, or feelings. The possibilities are endless. …


What is Hedda Gabler? Well, it’s a play about someone named Hedda Gabler. Within the first few minutes, expository dialogue and the stylized setting allow you to tell that Hedda happens to be a person of high status married to someone in a lower social standing. The room where most of the play takes place has lovely flower vases, detailed curtains, and tiled walls. Just by looking at the setup, it is quite easy to tell that whoever lives there cares about aesthetics. This is further emphasized as two women talk about how particular this Hedda is. Instead of just…

Samihah Tahsin

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