‘Of Mice and Men’ isn’t for everyone

Casey Delich

Following the original screenplay that John Steinbeck dreamt of when he wrote “Of Mice and Men,” the Acting Company produced a special one night engagement at CSUN.
Having never read the book, seen the movie, or watched the play before, I came in with a clean slate about what would happen.
An age old story that takes place in 1930’s California, which shows the power of friendship and hardships that many people faced during the Great Depression.  A theme that normally transcends generations and years because of the message that it conveys, the actors were great, but the story line was one that did not affect me.
Each person takes away something different from a production, but “Of Mice and Men,” didn’t teach me anything new, nor did it affect me deeply like many others.  Though, the connection between George and Lennie onstage was greatly apparent.  This was important because they are the main players in this play and spend nearly the entire production on stage.
“Of Mice and Men” is the story of two migrant farmworkers that travel to a new farm in California after Lennie ran them off from their last few farms.  George’s protection of Lennie is a central theme in the play, protecting him from the first act through to the ending.  Their plot of owning their own farm comes crashing down with acts committed by Lennie, putting George in a tight spot.
The Acting Company’s job of producing these scenes for the audience, showed a great love of theatre and the production.  While there were very few set changes throughout the play, the audience was transported into the world of George and Lennie, feeling like we were there with them.
While a great production, “Of Mice and Men” was a production not for me.  Unable to feel a connection with the characters or script, ultimately doomed this for me.  Those that may have read the book or seen the play before will feel a better connection with this most likely though.