Volume 92, Issue 48
Friday, November 27, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Huron Underground doubleplay
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By Matt Pearson
Under the watchful eyes of producers Jamie Frawley and Tiffany Koch, the Huron Underground Dramatic Society will present two evenings of theatre tonight and tomorrow night.
Girls We Have Known, written by Ralph Pape and directed by Brett McKenzie, recounts the conversations shared between two close friends as they drive through the state of Kansas late one night. Destined for New York City, the road trip theme represents their individual journeys in male/female relationships.
Allan, whose neurotic madness is brilliantly portrayed by Aaron Taylor, plays an intelligent screenwriter, while his friend Ernie, played by Andrew Von Teichman, holds Clint Eastwood as an idealized vision of what a man should be. The two discuss former girlfriends and sexual encounters, making it blatantly clear Allan is sincerely interested in women, while Ernie is merely interested in sex.
As the journey continues, Allan is forced to face his fears and in a particularly well-acted scene, he breaks down, allowing for Ernie's humanity to surface.
Although Girls We Have Known is long for a two-person play, the actors have a unique rapport which allows them to deliver the play in a way which makes the audience feel as if they were eavesdropping. Both actors play their parts with conviction and they are well-matched physically. The manly Ernie is taller and more overpowering than the sensitive Allan, whose physical slightness conveys the personality of his character.
The second one-act play, The Original Last Wish Baby was written by William Seebring and co-directed by Melissa Denome and Sarah Digout. An incredibly bizarre play, it takes place in Cleveland, Ohio where a baby has been born without a heart. The play, a complete farce, explores the realities of a media frenzy fuelled by greed and dysfunction.
Kim Munro, who plays the baby's trashy, foul-mouthed mother, was dead-on in her portrayal of a woman who manipulates American society. Seebring's scathing, almost demonic view of America is brought to life by numerous press conferences and quick set and character changes.
By the play's conclusion, the cast of 15 has impressively played a total of 40 characters, while never losing their focus or coming out of character. Despite its eccentric nature, The Original Last Wish Baby is a pointed social commentary of American society, cleverly brought to stage by an inventive, original cast.
By combining strong character development with the off beat, the Huron Underground Dramatic Society has created an entertaining night of theatre.
Girls We Have Known and The Original Last Wish Baby, along with five monologues will be performed tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Room U214 at Huron College.
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