What I Learned in London…

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By Sam Bertschmann

Having studied literary devices as an English major, it was interesting during my time in London to evaluate instead the methods used to put together a play or dance show, for these two mediums share several similarities – namely, the interpretation of a text – but also differ in that theatrical shows are concerned with visual and aural components in addition to the story itself.

I have found the study of theater to be a worthwhile pursuit, for there is much to be learned from the production of these shows. Now, I look for different aspects depending on the production.

For a piece like Comedy of Errors, I pay more attention to direction and set, given that the script has been established for centuries. For newer plays like Ex or The Veil, I place a higher emphasis on the writing, though this isn’t to say that I neglect other components, such as acting, design, or choreography.

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