Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Maria's appearance when she first comes on stage.
Maria comes onto the stage dressed in an expensive pant suit with a Hermes scarf. She is wearing expensive Italian shoes and carries a Chanel bag.
2. In what ways does Maria engage with the audience at the beginning of the play?
Maria engages with the audience by moving to the edge of the stage and speaking directly with the audience. She tells the audience this is not a performance but a class, and they should not applaud. She also says that the students are learning the lesson of how to project to the audience.
3. What does Maria say about the appearance of Manny, her accompanist?
Maria at first does not recognize Manny, her accompanist, because he is dressed differently than the day before and does not have what she terms "a look" or a signature. Manny is dressed in a nondescript way. Manny, says Maria, should have a distinctive appearance so that people will remember him.
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