By Audrey Alunan, 12th Grade, LaGuardia High School
One Thumb Out is a play that takes place in a fictional Australia. Throughout the play, average Australian citizens are conflicted about sending soldiers to aid the United States in an imaginary World War III that begins after the 9/11 attacks.
A unique aspect of the play is how the playwright uses monologues – two characters stand onstage in two different settings and speak similar dialogue at the same time, yet are engaged in completely different conversations. This technique is interesting, but makes it extremely hard to follow what the characters are actually saying. Overall, it simply sounds like two people talking over each other.
Despite the creative qualities of One Thumb Out, it may be too complex for the average theatergoer to comprehend. It struggles to give the audience a grasped understanding of the actual conflicts at hand.
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