Friday, August 1, 2008

Emily as Karen Wright

With one look at the profile of Emily O’Brien it’s very much obvious that she is one lucky actress, for her theatrical experience is very strong. She had the opportunity to work with very good directors and portray, though few but wonderful characters on stage. For instance, she played to perfection the roles of Karen Wright in ‘The Children’s Hour’, as Marjorie Melville in ‘The Trial of the Catonsville Nine’, as Gypsy Rose Lee in ‘Gypsy’ and also as an uptight woman in ‘The Vagina Monologues’.

Emily considers herself fortunate for having played Karen Wright, a character in the controversial play of the 1930’s. Written by Lillian Hellman ‘The Children’s Hour’ narrates the heart-wrenching story of two friends whose reputation is maligned by a rumor and the havoc that it creates in their lives. It dealt with the bold concept of lesbianism.

Emily was all of 18 when she first performed Karen on stage, but the way she portrayed the inner conflicts and turmoil of Karen speak for itself the talent of this beautiful actress. It was a difficult role to portray as it needed a heavy emotional performance but Emily did it with a lot of conviction. The devastation caused to Karen by the slanderous rumor as well her best friend’s death had been shown impeccably by this gifted actress.

It’s a performance that has to be seen to admire it so if you ever get an opportunity to see her performance, don’t miss it.

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