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Courting Johanna was the first ever dramatic production I have had the pleasure of attending and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the experience. The play was full of action varying from hardships, friendships, love, and conflicts and had me intrigued throughout the entire play. The acting, climax, and the design of the play were three aspects that I paid close attention to and analyzed throughout the play. The acting and play design were both executed well and in a professional manner and the climax was relatively easy to identify.
Courting Johanna featured 9 actors who transformed themselves into individual characters during the play and brought the audience on a theatrical adventure through the 1950â€™s. In my opinion I thought the acting was enticing ...view middle of the document...
Overall I thought the acting in the play was done quite well and in a professional manner.
Play design includes the costumes, the set, and the projection of the play. I was quite impressed with all three aspects. This being my first play I didnâ€™t have much to base it on but I thought the way the design was used in Courting Johanna was very influential on how the audience experienced the play. Courting Johanna was based back in the 1950â€™s so it was important for the costume designer to depict that era and I thought they did a good job of providing the actors with costumes such as top hats and suspenders that would convince the audience that they were a part of that era. The way the set assembled was unique as the audience was divided into two sides and the action happened between them. I thought this arrangement work quite well but my only complaint was at some points such as when Ken Boudreau was sick in bed made it hard to see from some places in the audience. Overall I thought the set design was done well especially the kitchen as it looked like a kitchen from the 1950 era. My favorite part of the whole play was the projections on the screens above and how well they accompanied the play. The projections successfully illustrated when it was night time, winter, and also when the train arrived and I found it to be very aesthetically appealing.
The climax of a play is the point of highest emotionally intensity. The climax in Courting Johanna in my opinion was when Johanna received the letter from Sabitha and Edith which made her believe Ken was in love with her and when Johanna travelled to see Ken. I believe this was the climax because it made the audience sympathetic with Johanna because we knew Ken had not sent the letter and experience joy when they started creating emotions for each other.