Black and White

Black and White.Night and Day.Sight and Sound.Cloud Nine and The Wallpaper Psalm.What do all of these pairings share in common?The fact that they are opposite extremes.This is definitely the case regarding the last coupling.Cloud Nine is a theatrical work with its roots placed in visual soil whereas on the other end of the stick you have The Wallpaper Psalm, which has its roots firmly based in an audio garden bed.
Cloud Nine came off as if it were fully intended to be visually consumed.It has an elaborate set which plays a fundamental part of the production.The performance space was arena style with a large stage upon which the actors acted upon.The characters further develop the stage as they interact with it and paint pictures with their dialogue so that you can imagine what should be there, though it isn't.This is accomplished through spoken word. The entire stage is utilized, even in a "depth of shot perspective."You have backdrops that are layered, with each representing something different and the thespians perform accordingly.
Lighting plays an integral role in the execution of the play as well. Elements of lighting design are overt as light is used to create visibility, direct the eye and enhance and reinforce mood.Stand-alone or in comparison to The Wallpaper Psalm, the acting auditorium is huge.In The Wallpaper Psalm you have a small building with a compact stage with minimal use of props.Having the benefit of seeing both, you realize what a vast stage and the visual element brings to a play.The Wallpaper Psalms had a personal atmosphere that correlated with the production's setting, which was an apartment building. In contrast to the world of Cloud Nine, which was a country and a time span than transcended a century, this makes sense.I don't believe the scene in The Wallpaper Psalm where the thespians leave the stage and descend onto the ground floor, or th…