I attended this play on Thursday February 25th. The play is about two friends, Rosencrantz (Dylan Bainter) and Guildenstern (Michael Bayler) who in this tragic comedy find themselves questioning life and the meaning of life while feeling and making the audience feel uncertainty at what comes next for the two adventurers. The boys are stuck at the changing time periods and obstacles at the moment with no way of avoiding their fate at the end where the two separate and disappear– leaving the audience to wonder where they ended up. The world of the play goes through various time periods and with that remains dark scenery, involving battles and clothing dark with bold black clothing and dark reds.
The entire show revolved on the importance on what the costumes and scenery were trying to bring to tell the audience, and so it would not be right if not to mention them. One moment in the play that stood out to me was in the beginning when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are encountered by Hamlet (Allan Benson) and his crew of Ophelia (Dani Tucker) Claudius (Aaron Scully) and the many soldiers and Ambassador. for example, Hamlet’s costume was predominately black with leather and dark eyeliner. Much of his material was ruff and tight. Much of his servants clothing were neutral colors, like browns and softer material. I think clothing was a great and easy demonstration into each characters personality. Hamlet throughout the play was very, straight forward, rude and reckless which his clothing was accurate to the tee. His crew, their clothing was more moveable, had more neutral colors (browns, light purple) and caught my attention. I think those individuals were the nicer, free spirt people who were kind and really funny. It also showed me that they are not in high social standing just with the clothing details but are great company. Another scene with great costume meaning was when the King and queen and the courtiers came out. That was one of those times when everyone was on stage. The king and queen were obviously in high standing with big, bright, luxury colors like dark greens and reds and with beautiful stitching and abstract patterns. Many of the courtiers also had those same colors, but not as intense, much lighter. They instead had flowing materials, showing me they were in high standing, but more laxed and welcoming of all. This makes sense because when their dance scenes came on, they had smiles and were engaged with the audience because they looked directly at us with respect. The king and Queen would always have an angle to them when talking, as if we didn’t matter.
Another big part of the play was the scenic and back drops in itself. Much of the scenic design had a lot of browns, with rugged roles and were hard. It matched the characters and how mellow the chapters were and down to earth, which the props were too! In the beginning, the only props were the hanging nets and then the carriage. It represented that time period being in the early centuries between early 1600 and mid 1600s because those are typically the use of transportation used. Moving forward, more props started being added, which I think started moving the time period to present 1900s, with modern technology and props. when the umbrella and barrels got added, I knew we were with modern times. I think much of the back drop colors and sizing had this dynamic relationship with the characters because the back drops started getting bigger and the problems within the play were deeper and more complected.By adding those specific props, it made the audience feel like we were there experiencing everything with them.