Musical Hair Critiquing

Topics: Vietnam War, Anti-war, Peace movement Pages: 3 (584 words) Published: August 10, 2013

1) What show are you critiquing?

2) Give a brief summary of the story line.
Claude Hooper Bukowski, an Oklahoma farm boy, heads to New York City to enter the Army and serve in the Vietnam War. In Central Park, he meets a troupe of free-spirited hippies led by George Berger, a young man who introduces him to debutante Sheila Franklin when they crash a dinner party at her home. Inevitably, Claude is sent off to recruit training in Nevada, but Berger and his band of merry pranksters follow him. Sheila flirts with an off-duty Sergeant in order to steal his uniform, which she gives to Berger. He uses it to extract Claude from the base for a last meeting with Sheila, taking his place, but while Claude is away, the unit flies out to Vietnam, taking Berger with them. The film ends with the main cast singing at Berger's grave, followed by scenes of a large anti-war protest outside the White House in Washington, DC.

3) What did you like best about this show?
Hair succeeds at all levels—as lowdown fun, as affecting drama, as exhilarating spectacle and as provocative social observation. It achieves its goals by rigorously obeying the rules of classic American musical comedy: dialogue, plot, song and dance blend seamlessly to create a juggernaut of excitement.

4) What did you like least about this show?
The film omits the songs "The Bed", "Dead End", "Oh Great God of Power", "I Believe in Love", "Going Down", "Air", "My Conviction", "Abie Baby", "Frank Mills", and "What a Piece of Work is Man" from the musical. Many of the songs have been shortened, sped up, rearranged, or assigned to different characters to allow for the differences in plot.

5) Who was the hero/heroine?
Claude Hooper Bukowski/ Sheila Franklin.

6) Who was the villain?
The General.

7) Were you able to understand everything? If not what did you understand?
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