Four of Joyce Maltbys directing class students showcased
their know-how by selecting their own scripts, casting their
own performers, and putting together their own 15 to 30 minute
one act plays.
Marisol Suarez chose Jack and Jill, a love-hate-love story.
Her characters played by Mike Martinez and Sarah Tidwell respectively,
really knew how to work off of each other for a dramatic performance
including a part where Jack sent Jill sprawling to the floor
in a heated argument. It was a bit choppy, but overall kept
the audiences attention.
The second performance in the lineup The Pickup, was directed
by Scott Shaub. The best part about this one act was Shaubs
decision to cast Tony Normand who played Marty Dixon, a random
victim of mistaken identity. Normand kept the audience in an
uproar even when he wasnt delivering a line because of
his animated facial expressions.
This Property is Condemned was directed by Maltby. She chose
a Tennessee Williams classic. It was a bit-long winded, but
Claire Fallon who played Willie, a 13-year-old girl, who begins
to believe expressed the naiveté of her character through
everything she did.
Mike Martinez directed the fourth one act. Brenda and Jerry
was about the awkwardness of a one-night stand and how a shy
but wacky girl and a normal guy decide that it is okay not to
wait for the first date. Martinez showed the actors Jonathan
Robinson and Melissa McCracken how to improvise off of each
other which made for hilarious kissing scenes.
The last play, the gem of the night, was Luke Andersons
Hell of a Job. Anderson wrote, directed, and at the last minute,
took over the role of one of the actors. A young wife took her
husband to marriage counseling to uncover the truth about her
husbands job. Anderson created three-dimensional characters
that made the therapy session seem so lifelike. And his cast,
Casey Painter and Adam Teekell, absolutely enthralled the audience
with their arguments, crying, soothing, and whining. Definitely
a comedy to be remembered.
Shaub, the student producer, pulled off the whole night without
a hitch. These directors have what it takes to put on a funny
show. The Spring 2002 Evening of One Acts gets three out of
four stars. An Evening of One Acts- comedy in small doses.