On Tuesday, April 11, the Radford University Dance and Theater Department put on a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The play was performed in Pridemore Playhouse and was directed by Wesley Young. The main male characters Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing were played by actors Christopher Phillips and Drew Callahan respectively. The main female characters Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew were played by actresses Alicia Sable and Megan Ward respectively. All the actors and actresses in the play, whether supporting or main, played their roles extremely well, drawing several laughs as a result of the comedic script as well as their natural acting abilities and charisma. The sets on stage were grand. At the end of the first act, the front part of the stage lowered (with one of the actors still purposefully on the stage and seated in a chair) and disappeared completely into the floor. Audience members were surprised if not delighted by this. The play was performed several more nights, from Thursday, April 13th through Saturday, April 15th.
“The Dining Room” is by far the best play Radford University has presented so far this semester. I was impressed by how well each actor portrayed the complexities of their characters and how the lighting and costumes added to the diminishing atmosphere that revolved around the dining room. The scenes were well constructed and the sounds that echoed off the walls amplified the richness of the play. Continue reading The fading atmosphere of “The Dining Room”
This week on Radcentric, writer/actor Ricky Parks comes on the show to discuss his involvement with “Making a Scene: A Night of One Acts,” and we also we dive into his own work. Continue reading Radcentric: Playwright Ricky Parks
Freshman Maddie Cindrich holds her newborn baby in Radford University’s production of “Time Stands Still.”
It’s tragic. It’s edgy, mysterious and thought-provoking. Most of all, it’s reckless. Continue reading Reckless minds
Spinning into Butter, written by Rebecca Gilman, is a play about a dean of students named Sarah Daniels who is dealing with an African American freshman getting taunted with violent, racist letters. When her colleagues become involved, they are led into intense discussions over how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, they admit their own discriminatory secrets. Spinning into Butter is a thought-provoking play that exposes modern-day issues of racism. Continue reading Spinning into Butter: The raw face of racism
On family weekend, the play Hay Fever, written by British playwrite Noel Coward and directed by Jennifer Juul, premiered in the Pridemore Playhouse. Hay Fever is a comedy about a less than ordinary but well-off family living in 1925 who all invite guests the same weekend and don’t let each other know. Each character has their own quirks that only add to the tension within the household.
Simon is the sloppy son (Felix Birdie), Sorel is the sometimes explosive sister (Bussy Gower), Judith is the retired actress mother (Chandish Nester) and David Bliss is the novelist father (Austin Dolan). Together they make up a dysfunctional family, which is as theatrical as it gets. They all play on each others’ nerves while making their guests think they are completely crazy.
Sandy Tyrell (Axle Burtess) is the mother’s love interest, Myra Arundel (Lyndsay Halpin) is Simon’s love interest, Richard Greatham (Matt Provance) is Sorel’s love interest and Jackie Coryton (Sara Lewis) is the girl the father has invited over and they are all the unlucky guests at the mercy of the Bliss family.
Sandy is an admirer of Judith from her days on the stage. Myra is supposedly there for Simon, but it is later found out that she is there for other reasons. Richard is invited by Sorel who claims that she fancies him. Jackie was invited by David who said that he wanted to study her in a domestic environment. By the middle of play, none of the family members are interested in the person that they invited.
The mother seems to be trying to string Richard along as well as giving Sandy to Sorel, who thinks he is fun at the time, but has no intentions of becoming serious with him. While the father is trying to tempt Myra, who isn’t having any of it, Simon bursts into the living room telling everyone that he and Jackie are to be married.
By the next morning all of the guests are jumpy and paranoid. They run at the sound of footsteps coming from the stairs. Eventually they are all down for breakfast and agree to sneak away from the house and take off in Sandy’s car.
Between the family feuds and the guests making plans to sneak away, the play was a joy to watch. The British accents were perfect and all of the actors and actresses were in character without a flaw throughout the play. I would highly recommend going to see this in the upcoming performances.