A Review of David Korins’ Set Designs

Author

Pengfei Liu * 1

1 College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Corresponding Author

Pengfei Liu

Keywords

Hamilton, Set design, Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, David Korins, Drama

Abstract

This article examines three of David Korins’ most successful works: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Beetlejuice. By analyzing the set designs he made for these three shows, this article argues that Korins has a strong ability to find the solution to the specific design details that are linked closely to the plot, characters, and the author of the show to support the visual play and immersive environment. However, Korins’ designs sometimes can call too much attention to themselves, suggesting that the live performance is in service to the set rather than creating sets that are in service to the show. This risky characteristic becomes more and more prominent in his career.

Citation

Pengfei Liu. A Review of David Korins’ Set Designs. CHR (2021) CHR ICEIPI 2021: 105-110. DOI: 10.54254/chr.iceipi.2021237.

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