Some plays might not be easy to fathom. Certain plays with a very difficult comprehension would be difficult to grasp. Hence, a play can be appreciated well if you read the play before watching it live. This will help you understand the play better. Here are some tips that would understand you to read and enjoy a play.
Understand the title of the play.
The title of the play can often tell you a lot about the tone of the play. Try to understand if there is symbolism included. Read about the background and playwright. If possible, try to read the other plays directed by the same director. This will help you understand the historical context of the play and would help you get used to that particular director’s work. Understand the theme and purpose of the play before you read or watch any play. Also, understand the historical background in which the play was written. This would help you to know the context of the drama very well. For example, Anton Chekov, director of a famous play called “The Cherry Orchard”. The drama is about a family who loses their cherry orchard and home. The play involves symbolism. The play was written when rural Russia was undergoing severe deforestation and industrialization. This is why it is essential to understand the significance of the historical background before you watch any play.
Read the drama first.
The actual script of the play would be very long than the drama played on stage. If the story is controversial, some parts of the original script would even be edited. Controversial dialogues may also be omitted. This is why reading the original script of any play is essential. Reading will help you to link and bridge the gap between the drama and the actual script.
Study the names of the people.
Study the names of the people in any play thoroughly. If there are many characters in a play, remembering all the names could be complicated and confusing. Try to figure out the people doing the lead role before you watch the play. This will help you enjoy the play better. The play “Waiting for Godot: directed by Samuel Beckett has a character called Lucky. Lucky is mute and plays the role of an ill-treated servant. Here you can ponder on questions like why did the play decide to name the servant Lucky? What is the significance of the historical background of the story?
Always read the introduction.
Make sure to read the introduction before and after you watch a play. The introduction of the play gives you an idea about the author, the cultural or historical background of the play, the meaning and purpose of the play, introduction of the lead characters, etc. This helps you to capture the overall feel of the play.