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Macleod made me love the play Lysistrata even more. This is a reaction paper to the play Lysistrata by “Naked Feet productions”.
Hannah Tsapatoris MacLeod proved that she was not an amateur, but a respected director of Greek plays. As a founder and director at “Naked Feet productions”, she showed her prowess by bringing a team together with the aim of performing the play Lysistrata. Her experiences include performing, choreographing, writing, singing, directing and teaching art.
The following are the characters in the play. Kalonike was played by Meryl Lynn Brown, Myrrhine played by Jill Lawrence, Lampito played by Eleonore Thomas, Isemenia played by Cathrene Mary Moroney, Kinesius played by William Crawford, Senator played by Daniel Tobin, Panny played by Lawrence Beck and lastly, Aristophanes played by Robert Zaller.
The production featured hotchpotch of ages, costume, attire and acting styles that transformed the acting into a splendid experience. The director through the play exceptionally brought the themes of war and women’s role in society to light. Lili Beta, a renowned Greek performer who played as Lysistrata quantified this through investing enthusiasm and effort in her character. Rallying women to go against their men particularly in a chauvinistic society is quite a difficult task. The production incorporated adapting the play to suite modern times, and in my opinion, MacLeod did a good job on this.
The first instance that demonstrated professionalism in the play Lysistrata directed by Macleod was Lysistrata’s accent. This was a clear depiction of Greek accent by Beta, and it intimately linked the play with the audience. In fact, the audiences were seen smiling when the scene called for Lysistrata’s conversation. The words that the audience could use to describe the play are experiences, which were both shocking and amusing.
A clear demonstration of
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