A Chorus Line Critique
By Erica Keller
In the Broadway production of A Chorus Line, there was plenty of singing and dancing to keep the whole audience entertained! The storyline follows a group of Broadway hopefuls, and their tryout process in order to win the producers over, scoring a lead role in a new play. Out of about twenty young actors, only eight will be chosen. The audition process consists of a short, complicated dance taught to them in a mere twenty minutes and an interview with the producer. The dance lessen proves difficult, yet manageable, for the many actors, but the interview is where the actors have trouble. Instead of asking the young actors to answer simple questions about their daily lives, the producer asks them to think deeply and asks them about their young lives and dreams for the future. The majority of the actors had tough upbringings, and so his profound questions bring about many emotions and those emotions are expressed in the many well-written songs throughout the production. This play was very interesting, because it told the individual stories of what would be just a line of faces. However, after the actors talked about their individual lives, they all faded back into just a line of faces. The play did a very good job at making you feel the characters’ emotions, but then letting you forget them when they were all in a line competing for a spot in the new play. This showed the audience that everybody has their own story, but you can’t tell that when everybody is standing in a line. Overall, this play was wonderful and was very entertaining to watch. It was a performance that most would not like to miss!
The set design was very simple. It was simply a white line drawn in the middle of the stage where the actors stood and told their stories. At one point in the play also, the back of the stage was covered in mirrors standing upright for one woman’s solo, but only for a couple of minutes. The props on the stage were...