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# Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central

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Theater Critic: The play La Finestrina, now at Central
Theater, was written in Italy in the eighteenth century.
The director claims that this production is as similar to
the original production as is possible in a modern
theater. Although the actor who plays Harlequin the
clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the
twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx,
Marx's comic style was very much within the comic
Italy.

The considerations given best serve as part of an
argument that

A) modern audiences would find it hard to tolerate
certain characteristics of a historically accurate
performance of an eighteenth-century play.
B) Groucho Marx once performed the part of the
character Harlequin in La Finestrina.
C)in the United States the training of actors in the
twentieth century is based on principles that do
not differ radically from those that underlay the
training of actors in eighteenth-century Italy.
D) the performance of the actor who plays
Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as
evidence against the director's claim.
E) the director of La Finestrina must have advised
the actor who plays Harlequin to model his
performance on comic performances of
Groucho Marx.
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02 Dec 2009, 13:48
D IMO

the only other one that almost makes sense is C and it's a leap to conclude that. but D is completely supported by those statements.
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02 Dec 2009, 13:54
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03 Dec 2009, 00:14
+1 FOR D
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05 Dec 2009, 21:41
Can anybody explain this in detail. I am bit confused here
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05 Dec 2009, 22:25
Sure thing.

For D first we figure out what the director's claim is.

"The director claims that this production is as similar to
the original production as is possible in a modern
theater."

Answer D says "The considerations given best serve as part of an
argument that the performance of the actor who plays
Harlequin in La Finestrina does not serve as
evidence against the director's claim."

So what's significant about the performance of the Harlequin actor?
"Although the actor who plays Harlequin the
clown gives a performance very reminiscent of the
twentieth-century American comedian Groucho Marx,
Marx's comic style was very much within the comic
Italy."

So does the actor's performance of the actor even suggest that the performance of the production is different because its in a modern theater? No because, though the harlequin actor's performance looks like Groucho Marx, Groucho Marx's style followed a tradition that predated the actual writing of the play and part in question. Thus, D works. This was a toughy though.
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05 Dec 2009, 22:58
Thanks everyone...
yes the OA is D
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06 Dec 2009, 04:41
Thanks a lot!!
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