Going to the Theater 到剧场去

琳恩:     我想我们还没有太晚,安妮。已经2:30了。

安妮:     什么时候开场啊?

琳恩:     应该是在2:30准时开始的,但是我想不会。  即使象这种一星期才一次的日场演出的话剧,很少有准时开始的。至少我们已经到这里了。我是担心今天我不能请假不上班。(她对票房的售票员说话)我订了今天的两张票。演出开始了吗?

售票员:  还没,但是你们必须赶紧了。请问您的名字。

琳恩:     琳恩·杰弗森。大约在两个礼拜前,我在电话里订了两张票,是用信用卡付的款。我希望是两个好座位。

售票员: (他给了她两张票。)二楼后排座位区,大概是在中后排,但是是在走廊的边上。

琳恩:     那是很后面的位置啊。我想你是不是有其他好一点的位置可以给我们换一换吗?有没有人在开场前退票的?

售票员:  没有了,今天没有余票了。说真的,我们所有的票在演出前三个礼拜就都预售完了。

琳恩:     我在订票的时候他们就告诉我这个消息了。那好吧,我想这总比看不了好这个话剧一些。(琳恩和安妮进入了剧场,把票给了服务员,然后上了楼梯到二楼后排座位区。)我读到了对这个话剧很好的评论,我想今天我们是不会失望的。

安妮:     我也是啊。我喜欢那个女主角在这几年的电影里所扮演的角色。现在可要看她在舞台戏剧中的表现了,这可有意思了。(二楼后排座的服务员,把她们带到她们的座位上。)

琳恩:     我们到了,13排,2座和4座。座位还不错,你觉得呢?

安妮:     我觉得……哦,观众席的灯熄了。话剧马上要开始了,我们赶快吧。

 

琳恩:     (在第一幕结束的时候,大幕降了下来,观众席的灯也亮了,表示这是中场休息。)啊呀!这个演出真是给力!我没有想到她竟然是个这么好的演员。你说呢?

安妮:     她的演出给我留下了深刻的印象。但是那个穿制服的配角好像有点问题。你知道我所说的那一个吧,就是那个留着小胡子的,总是有点不对劲。

琳恩:     我知道问题在哪里。我也注意到了。那是他的化妆有问题。有很大的问题,他应该化妆成一个五十岁的老头,但是他却看起来只有二十五岁的样子。

安妮:     你说对了,就是这个问题。好吧,我们到大厅里去与其他人交往交往吧。我想看看其他来看话剧的人穿什么样的服装,也想偷听一下人家是怎么评论的。

琳恩:     我们去偷听一下,看看别人是不是对这个演出与我们有同感。

安妮:     你对第一幕最后一场的道具和布景感到怎么样?我看到说明书上说了,这个布景是由一位演员所设计的。她就是我刚才说的那个演员的太太,就是那个化错妆了的演员的太太。一对夫妻同时在一出戏剧里演出,真是少见!

琳恩:     我比较喜欢我们上个礼拜去看的那个音乐剧里的布景。记得不,他们不断地变换布景和道具?那眼花撩乱的变化吸引了我,不像这个单调不变的布景。我不得不承认,我对这整个一场都不变的布景感到厌烦了。

安妮:     哦,音乐剧本身就是变化比较多的,但是我不喜欢故事总是被歌曲打断。我倒是喜欢严肃的戏剧,就像这个戏剧那样的。

琳恩:     说到“这个戏剧”,我想我们还是得回我们的座位了。第二幕就快要开始了。我们可以在下一次的中场休息时继续。

安妮:     好主意。我也不想漏掉任何的表演。


讨论舞台:

1.  这个对话是在哪里发生的?有哪些人参与了这个对话?

2.  她们的那场戏什么时候开演?一般来说,晚上的演出在什么时候开始?

3.  白天的演出票价通常是便宜还是贵?

4.  你是否经常去看戏剧?你上一次是什么时候去看戏剧的呢?

5.  对于电影和戏剧,你更喜欢哪一个?

6.  对于剧场里演出的戏剧,为什么预先订了票比较好?

7.  什么是一个音乐剧(戏剧)和话剧的区别?

8.  对话中那两个服务员是干什么的?

9.  剧场灯是怎样告诉观众演出就要开始的?

10.  那两个女士是怎样认为第一幕的演出?对那些演员评价呢?

11.  她们为什么要到大厅去?

12.  对话中的“set”是什么意思?是谁设计了这两个女士所看话剧的“set”?

13.  安妮对她上个礼拜看的音乐剧有什么样的看法?

14.  如果你参加戏剧制作,你希望扮演什么角色?

Lynne:      I hope we’re not late, Anne. It’s already 2:30.

Anne:        What time does the curtain go up?

Lynne:       It’s supposed to start at 2:30 sharp, but I doubt it will. Even at these once-a-week matinees, the shows rarely begin on time. At least we’re here. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to get off work today.

                (She speaks to the box office attendant.) I have two tickets for today’s performance. Has the show begun?

Attendant:    Not yet, but you’d better hurry. Name, please.

Lynne:      Lynne Jefferson. I paid for the tickets by credit card over the phone about two weeks ago. I hope they’re good seats.

Attendant: (He hands her the tickets.) They’re in the second balcony about halfway up, but they are on the aisle.

Lynne:       That’s pretty high. I don’t suppose you have anything better which we could exchange these for? Have there been any last-minute cancellations?

Attendant: No, there’s nothing left at all for today’s show. In fact, we’re sold out for three weeks in advance.

Lynne:       That’s what they told me when I made these reservations. Oh, well, it’s better than not being here at all, I suppose. (Lynne and Anne enter the theater, hand their tickers to an usher, and then climb the stairs to the second balcony.) I’ve been reading such good reviews of this play.  I hope we’re not disappointed.

Anne:        Me too. I’ve loved the leading lady in her movie roles for years. It’ll be interesting to see if her talent can be transferred to the legitimate theater. (The usher for the second balcony shows the women to their seats.)

Lynne:       Here we are: Row M, seats 2 and 4. These are not so bad. What do you think?

Anne:       I think … oh, there go the house lights. The play’s about to begin. We’d better get settled.




Lynne:       (At the conclusion of Act I, the curtain closes and the house lights go on, signaling an intermission.) Wow! That was pretty powerful acting! I didn’t realize she was such a good actress. What did you think?

Anne:        I was impressed too. However, there was something about the supporting actor with the uniform. You know the one I mean – with the mustache. There was just something wrong.

Lynne:       I know what it was. I noticed it too. It’s the makeup he’s wearing. It’s all wrong. He’s supposed to be a fifty-year-old man, but he looks twenty-five.

Anne:        That’s right, yes, of course. Oh, let’s go to the lobby and mingle among the people. I love to see what theatergoers are wearing and eavesdrop on conversations.

Lynne:       Let’s listen in so we can hear if other people agree with us about the play.

Anne:        How did you like the stage setting in that final scene of Act I? I see here in the program that the set was designed by a member of the cast. In fact, she’s married to the actor I mentioned a minute ago – the one whose makeup is wrong. A married couple appearing in the same play. Imagine!

Lynne:       I liked the set of the musical comedy we saw last week better. Remember, they changed the scenery and props constantly. The variety attracted me more than this single set. I must admit that I get a little bored watching the same room for an entire act.

Anne:        Well, musicals naturally have more variety, but I don’t like having the story interrupted by songs all the time. I prefer a serious drama such as this one.

Lynne:       Speaking of “this one,” we’d better get back to our seats. I think Act II is about to begin. We can talk more at the next intermission.

Anne:        Good idea. I don’t want to miss any of it.









Discussion Questions:

1.  Where does this dialogue take place? What people take part in the dialogue?

2.  What time did their show begin? What time do evening shows usual begin?

3.  Are ticket prices more or less expensive at a matinee performance?

4.  How often do you go to a theater? What was the last play you saw?

5.  Which do you enjoy more, a movie or a play? Why?

6.  Why is it necessary to make reservations in advance for a stage play?

7.  What is the difference between a musical comedy and a drama?

8.  What did the two ushers in the dialogue do?

9.  How do house lights signal the start of a play or an act in a play?

10.  What did the women think of the first act? Of the actors?

11.  Why did they want to go to the lobby?

12.  What is a set? Who designed the set in the play the women were watching?

13.  What did Anne think of the musical she saw last week?

14.  What kind of a role would you like to play in a theater production?
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