I watched “The Satellites”, a 90 minute play written by Diana Son in 2004. It was about the turbulent life in a highly stratified Brooklyn neighborhood. There was a complexity in the changing events surrounding the life of Nina and Miles who started as mere lovers and transformed their affair to marriage. However, giving birth to Hannah does not bring bliss to them. Instead, it puts them into more problems particularly when they cannot come into amicable agreement on how to raise their daughter harmoniously.
More chaos erupts when the young couple fails to agree on whether to adopt the African, American or Korean for the little kid. Even Nina’s efforts to hire the services of Mrs. Chae, to care for Hannah, do not resolve the issue. They later conflict with the other people in the affluent neighborhood to which they later migrate. Eric’s attempts to intervene fail. Surprisingly, his mediation efforts later worsen the situation.
Indeed, “The Satellites” is a must watch play. I enjoyed the manner in which the protagonists presented themselves. It was quite organized with all the actors carrying out their duties so diligently. They wisely used the dialogue, observed personal etiquette and made a good use of language. Besides, I was captivated by their accent, personality and make up and the costumes. All these made me glue my eyes to it right from the beginning up to the end.
In conclusion, I would like to say that Diana’s play is realistic. It addresses some of the major issues affecting the society today. Just like Nina and Miles who later regretted their decisions, many people are confronted with such hurdles (Haberski, R.J. Jr., 2008). We can, therefore, learn that each one should be cautions of their actions because they will be solely held responsible for them. In this regard, I recommend “The Satellites” as an invaluable likable and a softhearted play that should be watched by all.