Theatrical review by Lorenzo Sancassani 4A
On the 7th of October my classmates and I, together with hundreds of other students from different schools, attended at the PALKETTOSTAGE performance of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice at Teatro Corso in Mestre.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners, based on dialogues, which can be easily adapted for the stage where acting is essential. However, in spite of the unquestionable skill and training of the actors, the performance tended to be not so engaging as the one I attended last year, which was produced by the same theatrical company. I suppose there might be two reasons for being less interested in the show: last year I was sitting in the first rows, so I was more involved in the performance, while this year I was in the gallery, where it is more difficult to follow the story. Another reason might be the play itself: since the plot is hard to understand, the actors had to slow down making the story a bit boring, furthermore the low budget permitted just a few props, so the scenes had similar settings and it was sometimes difficult to recognize the places of the story.
As I said, the actors were well prepared, because they had to play more than one role each, for example, both Mrs Bennet and Lydia were played by the same actress and it was not an easy thing. They were also fast to change their costumes and the background between the scenes.
Let’s move onto more technical things: the lighting was adequate, since we could clearly see the actors on stage, the make-up and the costumes were realistic, as far as I had been able to see. The sounds and the music were various, appropriate and fascinating. The choreography of the dance during the ball scene was bare and essential, but once more it was not an actor’s fault (one of the actress was specialized in musical), but it should be ascribed to the small size of the stage.
I also appreciated when the actors sat aside after the show to answer the questions from the audience. We learnt a lot of interesting details about how they became actors and what an actor’s life is like.
In conclusion, it is clear that the actors practiced hard for the show (they rehearsed for 3 weeks, including stage management), their acting was well-finished, the actors memorized long scripts and lots of lines, but eventually they did not completely reach their purpose of involving the audience into their theatrical performance; after all what I expected was a remarkable exhibition, even if not a perfect one.