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Would John Steinbeck be proud of the Steppenwolf Theatre Companys productions of the Grapes of Wrath No This production of the Grapes of Wrath does the book no justice and lacks a very important theme presented throughout the novel One theme which it lacks is--I to we This play was very limiting in that it only presented one familys plight and not a panoramic picture A key example of this would be the absence of the Wilsons This family was very important to the theme as well as the characters development There are many difficulties encountered when trying to make a novel into a stage production However Mr Galati has done a poor job getting across the importance of the novel He could have dissected key parts of the novel to incorporate into the script Simply using two families would have done the book justice Two families that shared the same plight and fate such as The Joads and The Wilsons would have been sufficient Using the Wilsons would help the audience better understand that the Joads werent the only family affected by the Dust Bowl The audience would also have a better understanding of the I to we theme The Wilsons were also important to character developments of Jim Casy and Ma Joad The role of The Wilsons in the novel could have been used to a better advantage for the sake of the novel and the audiences understanding In the novel Ma has a conversation with Mrs Wilson which states if I was in trouble I would help you just as you would for me That statement was essential for the plot and the theme of the novel For the most part the Steppenwolf Company did a decent job casting the characters with the exception of a few Ma Joad was one on my favorite characters in the novel because she was portrayed as being a strong woman She was just
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