Frankenstein

Fred McMichael
Theatre 105
Prof. Dunlevy-Shackleford
December 9, 1998

I. Plot Structure
In the play Frankenstein, the plot structure is a well-made plot because it gradually led us to an ending we expected from the clues that were given throughout the play.
Frankestein deals with the creation of a creature, who was dead and is brought back to life by Victor Frankestein. After the creature is created, we see all the trouble it causes because of his appearance and for the way he is treated. In the end, the creature wants vengeance against his creator for two reasons: not creating him a companion, forcing him to live a lonely life, and second for bringing back from the dead looking like that, nobody could look at him, therefore he was neglected by society.
II. Characters
A. Main Characters
1. Victor Frankestein: played by Brian Wolf, he did a great job acting as Victor Frankestein. He showed his potential as an actor, but I think he should work a little bit on his fighting scenes; other than that I think he did a terrific job.
2. Elizabeth Lavenza: her death scene, when she is killed by the creature, didn’t seem quite realistic. Karolyn did a good job although she started to laugh towards the end of the play, but Victor Frankestein quickly stepped in and said his line. He helped her by cutting in and letting her get back on track.
3. The Creature: played by Michael G. Walter, it was my favorite character. Michael did a great job showing the childish side of the creature (when he accidentally kills the dog), his lighter-funnier side (when he meets Delacey for the first time), and a tender-loving side of the creature. I liked when he gets to kill everyone, it was a well thought out revenge.
B. Secondary Characters
1. Henry Clerval: Victor Frankenstein’s best friend. I couldn’t quite understand Henry, because at first he was opposed to the creation of the creature, then he helps his friend create it, and finally realizes it was a bad thing what they both had done therefore he wanted to destroy it now? He should make up his mind on what he wants to do.
2. Delacey: great acting by Matt Dimarco. He did a good job as a blind person; although he wasn’t one, he still made his character look very realistic and believable. An example of this is the way he searched for plates when he meets the creature for the first time and how he feeds the creature as well.
III. Thought
After watching the play Frankestein, several lessons came up that could be taken out of this play. For instance, the first could be to "think first(and think well) of what your doing, and then act upon your thoughts. The best example of this is the creation of the creature, which was seen at first as a way to help other people, but then seen as a something bad that needed to be destroyed. Another lesson I took after seeing the play was the strength of will power as a driving force. An example of this is how the creature learns to read and speak; also how Victor Frankestein never gave up on his dream of bringing someone back from the dead until it was actually done.
IV. Diction
In the play Frankestein the diction was very clear and audible as well. Also it was appropriate to both the time of the play and to the characters themselves.
V. Melody
Melody in Frankestein was very well used to create different feelings or moods within the audience (at least from my point of view) and the characters as well. The sounds heard throughout the play had an eerie feeling, therefore keeping people tense, frighten, or even both (I for one was very tense waiting for disaster to strike).
VI. Spectacle
Spectacle in Frankestein was very realistic and very believable too (the fire in Delacey’s cottage was very believable). Except for the electric generator in Victor’s lab, everything else was very believable (but it was still a good prop). Also, spectacle was very well used because in the part were Elizabeth is in her room preparing for her wedding, there was a closet besides her bed. Everybody around me, including me, were all waiting for her to open the closet, only to find death at the hands of the creature—as