The late, great Maya Angelou once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” This idea is one that is clearly embraced my Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, a dramatic script filled with many heavy themes that leave […]

Consequences of bad decisions The play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and the myth The Love Story of Pyramus and Thisbe by Ovid, retold by Edith Hamilton are closely related with Jena Salon: Bad decisions. The play, the myth talk about two young lovers who are willing to be together no matter the consequences, […]

In the play Othello, written by William Shakespeare, it’s evident how one can manipulate a person to fulfill their own personal agenda. In this play, Othello’s trusted advisor Iago fools him in to murdering his beloved desdemona. He achieves this by lying to him constantly eventually tricking him to believe his wife is a cheat […]

Henrik Ibsen, known as the father of modern theatre, was born March 20, 1828, in Skien, Norway, a small lumbering town. Henrik was the fifth child out of six children and his parents’ names were Knud Isben and Marichen Altenburg. His father was a successful Merchant in a small community and his mother his mother […]

Every thursday night at exactly nine o’clock, millions of people get their popcorns ready and turn on their television to ABC to watch Grey’s Anatomy. It is currently the top-ranked medical drama on television, reaching many households around the world. It is an ABC drama television series written and produced by Shonda Rhimes, and it […]

Weather during Shakespeare’s time was different how we understand weather today. Weather was believed to be controlled by God or evil spirts. The witches were believed to cause the bad weather to happen. Shakespeare utilizes bad weather to describe what is happening in the plays. For example, stormy weather was associated with the death of […]

“Emilia. But did you ever tell him she was false? / Iago. I did. / Emilia. You told a lie, an odious, damnèd lie! / Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie! / She false with Cassio? Did you say with Cassio? … Othello. I scarce did know you, uncle. There lies your niece, […]

“I will stay with you, [and] make it to the other side like lovers do” (Don’t Give Up on Me by Andy Grammar). When Romeo and Juliet first saw each other, they knew that their love was more powerful than anything else in the world. Therefore, when it came to life or death, life wasn’t […]

The film I chose was Apollo 13, a docu-drama directed by Ron Howard and produced by Imagine Entertainment. The film was released in 1995 and stared Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles and Al Reinert is the dramatized story of the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar […]

Do the Right Thing is comedy-drama movie released in 1989. The movie was written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the main character, Mookie. Others main characters are Danny Aiello as Sal Fragione (the pizzeria owner); Richard Edson as Vito; John Turturro as Pino. Secondary characters who play an important role in […]

Myth (mythos) means story and they include divine figures. Their purpose is to explain a society, social structures, and the religions through the relation to the supernatural (gods) and heroes. Myths are very adaptable, meaning that each poet or playwright can shape it however they want to. Euripides was one of the three main dramatists […]

The Roaring Twenties was a revolutionary period that brought about great cultural and societal changes in American history, including the emergence of the concept of the American dream. The journey to achieve the American dream consists of working hard for this idea of success, which is usually defined by an abundance of materialistic goods, wealth, […]

After reading a play then comparing it to watching it live makes it feel like two different experiences. The live performance made me feel as if I was present with the characters. The live performances stage production really enhanced the whole meaning and the dynamic of the play. The use of the setting, props and […]

The expectations in a relationship between a man and a woman have changed over the course of time. At a point in time, men were dominant over women and were viewed as the breadwinners of the household. Both of their positions were shaped by societal expectations. Men, unlike women, were to go out and find […]

The long running tv medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is about a surgeon named Meredith Grey, who is the daughter of well-known surgeon Ellis Grey. She struggles to decide if she wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue general surgery or if she wants to pursue something different. At the start of the show […]

If the 2018 NHL offseason and all the drama that came with it taught us anything, it’s that Leafs fans and management alike could be looking at a very rough offseason come this summer. Last offseason, along with the major signing of hometown boy John Tavares, the main problem came with coming to terms on […]

Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell and directed by Emmalee Schooler, is a mysterious play to watch and yet very intriguing. A man named John Wright has been strangled to death in his home, and the suspect that is being pinpointed is his wife. The County Attorney, Sheriff, and a neighboring farmer, Mr. Hale, investigate throughout […]

Hannah Moscovitch’s play, The Children’s Republic stakes out its ground unmistakably. Actually, as well: When the gathering of people enters the theater it sees the words “Warsaw 1939” composed on the stage floor. When it returns after the break, the words have changed to “Warsaw 1942” Since the key setting is a Jewish orphanage, we […]

Using systems theory as an approach to analyze people and their problems means putting more value on understanding the interactions between themthan each individual as a separate entity. Hansen (1995) explains this as non-summative and the idea that the whole is greater than its parts. Your perspective becomes relational instead of intrapsychic, allowing you to […]

Introduction The boy in the Striped Pajamas is a film with a WW11 setting. The drama explores horrors of extermination in German concentration camps. The movie is mainly based on two characters; one is a young boy called Bruno who lives in Berlin with his family and Shmuel a young Jew in a concentration camp. […]

Imagine, you were living in Greece a couple thousand years ago. The sights, smells, and the culture would be vibrant! But what if you were looking for some sort of entertainment, where would you go and what would you do? Seems like a no-brainer, right? You would go to Greek theatre of course! Although the […]

Introduction: Many explorations into the realm of theater arts have produced various discoveries, which have helped theater devotees make connections never seen before between theater traditions not only from different parts of the world, but with different means of origin. Any such exploration is vital to theatrical research and practice as it not only adds […]