Comparison Of Two Plays Essay, Research Paper
The two plays that I will be comparing in my final project are The Phantom of The Opera
written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and My Fair Lady written by Frederick Loewe. The Phantom
of The Opera which was playing at the Krannert Center in Champaign was what I thought to be a
high budgeted play because of the props, scenery, and costumes that the actors wore. My Fair
Lady which was playing at The Sunshine Company of Champaign was not as expensive as the
Krannert Center and was shown through the costumes and quality of actors that gave the play
life. I chose these two production companies because I wanted to experience one play that was
of high quality and one which lacked high quality.
The most notable missing quality in My Fair Lady was the use of specific and dated
scenery to the times. The theater which this play was given at was a small and old building with
a medium sized stage that was barely large enough to house two scenes one indoor and one
outdoor. The acting was what I considered to be good for the money with which they probably
make. The men in this play did not give enough energy to the audience and never made me feel
like I was in the play. They had no enthusiasm for what they were doing. The women,
especially the lead character Eliza Doolittle, was a decent actress in that she used her energy
wisely during the times when Eliza would get upset or angry at the other characters. The design
elements that were used in the creation of the scenery would not be considered good quality.
There was no use of proper weight, meaning that the stage was equipped with only two chairs
and shelves which held books that could be seen to be fake, while the outdoor scene consisted of
a street with the curbing and a brick wall painted in the backdrop. The doors looked as if they
should have been wider because when the actors came through the door they would have to turn
sideways just enough to be noticed. The one element that was utilized correctly was that the
stage was not bunched into one side or the other. The combinations of colors also was nicely
highlighted as shown in the outdoor scene where the grass was a pleasant deep green and the
brick wall was a deep, smooth red. My personal opinion of this production and the theater
would be that it was of course low budgeted but yet the actors and actresses gave a good
performance with what they had to work with money wise.
The other play that I viewed was The Phantom of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
This play was showing at the Krannert Center and was a very highly budgeted and detailed play.
The actors and actresses that portrayed the characters of this play were well picked and
possessed powerful voices able of keeping you at the edge of your seat the whole play. From the
ear piercing screams to the beautiful singing that flowed throughout the play. The stage
consisted of four different sections which would rotate as the time changed. The First section
that could be seen was the opera house at which the phantom calls his home. The second section
was rooftop of the opera house. The third section that could be seen was the catacombs and lair
of the phantom. The last section that rotated around was the masquerade ball at the end of the
play. The scenery was very elaborate and well put together. From the antique drapery to the
detailed box seats to the huge organ which blew smoke out as the phantom played his demonic
tunes. Even the river he pushed his way down in his boat was filled with real water.
The props such as the piano and the famous chandelier hanging over the audience were
large scaled and precision hand-crafted. The directing for this play was obviously higher in
quality than in My Fair Lady but of course their was more money involved, so their was more
“Motivation” as an actor would say. My personal opinion of this play is that it was the most
interesting thing that I have been to for a while. My life has not been filled with many plays but
these two were a great starting point for my to see plays regularly. Even though the Sunshine
Company was a low budget company I still had an excellent time. Both of these plays were
interesting enough to make me want to compare them to plays that I will definitely see in the