The Boys Next Door Analysis

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Set in present day Bucks County, PA, brother and sister Vanya and Sonia bicker away in their old family home, whining over their lost dreams. When their clairvoyant maid, Cassandra, warns of impending dangers, their celebrity sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, hunky, boyfriend, Spike, followed in by sweet, admiring neighbor, Nina. Soon the family is launched into a weekend of arguing.Resulting Spike’s cheating with Hootie Pie,the selling,and then keeping the house,and a renewed connection between siblings. I love this play at first read there was a lot I missed because there was so much going on. To me I find Masha most interesting because her demeanor
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For example, during Lucien's monologue, the actor quickly transitioned out of character into another, and had to be able to be comfortable with it or his acting might have been considered offensive. During Norman and Sheila's dance, scene, timing and pacing was important because if they weren't practiced on a specific time, their dance would have been chaotic and wouldn't have correctly emphasized their feelings for each other. Blocking was important during Lucien's monologue because it created a more dramatic scene. By positioning Lucien in the center at downstage, Lucien became the primary focus of the scene. I think Lucien's monologue provided an insight into Lucien's thoughts as a different character that the audience could relate to. I think it really magnified Lucien's character because it described his mental disability in detail and portrayed Lucien's physical appearance differently-Change of body