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By Julia Glik Topic My paper report came a bit late but I was extremely exited to go I got to watch Loves Labors Lost preformed by the drama department in Juilliard School in Manhattan I went alone and got through on a waiting list I never read the play and had no idea what to expect It turns out that a play is much easier to understand if you are watching people act it out on stage than if you are reading it from a script And that play was meant to be watched It was full of obscure jokes and strange language which is relevant to the times when it was written but does not seem to make sense to the modern reader The actors body language the expression on their faces and the general movement on stage tells the story almost independently of the written play In other words how the actors say their lines matter as much as what they are saying I understood why a play is supposed to be seen on stage rather than read in a classroom The first thing to note about the production was that it was moved out of its time frame The original play takes place somewhere in Shakespearean times in Europe This version puts the actors in modern clothing The are portrayed as school children at play more than adults The whole play tied into the theme of Cupid and the futility of attempting to resist love Everything is about movement and it seems almost as a ballet or an elaborate dance production The opening act starts with four young men Navarre Berowne Longaville and Dumain making an absurd pact to dedicate 3 years to studying and abstain from womens company and all other earthly delights On stage these men seem more like children They are wearing school boys clothing and brandish wooden swords to make a pact
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