One Acts Puts Senior Directors in the Spotlight
by Faith Pang on Friday, December 7th, 2012
Last week, audiences flocked to the black box theater for the long awaited One-Act plays. Directed by students, the one-acts allow students to direct their own show. Each play, approximately 15 minutes, showcased student acting talent in riveting and deep vignettes.
The first play, entitled “Poof,” written by Lynn Nottage, recounted the story of Samuel–voiced by Chris Sutton (II)– a once-loving husband who eventually turned abusive to his wife, Loureen, Thia Simon (III). Loureen, though afraid of being beaten, never does anything about his temper, beyond talking about her troubles with her best friend Florence, played by Oona Newman(I). One day, Loureen finally becomes fed up with the abuse, and as Samuel hits her, Loureen damns him to hell–unexpectedly, this curse kills him.
When Florence arrives on the scene, the best friends argue over the circumstances and consequences of spontaneous combustion.
The second one-act, entitled “Face Divided,” a play by Edward Allen Baker, concerns the life of Debbie Irons, Clare Dingle (I), a foul-mouthed, Boston-accented young mother waiting in a hospital for news of her three year old daughter, Jess, who is said to have fallen down the stairs. As Debbie waits for her daughter, she meets Nurse Sue Wilcox, Sarah Hombach (I), who attempts to get her to tell the truth about how Jess got hurt. Later on, Freddie Irons, Eric Menna (II), arrives at the scene. In the end, Freddie and Debbie decide to prepare for the consequences of lying.
Both short plays were amazing. The Milton Measure gives a shout out to Oona Newman (I), for directing “Poof!” and Alexa Katz (I), for directing “Face Divided,” as well as all the actors and actresses in the One-Acts. Particular kudos to Oona for performing after an unforeseen absence left the play an actress short. Upcoming Milton performances like the Winter plays and the Dance Concert will have a high standard to live up to.
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