The PhiladelphiaSandy High School offers six comedic one-acts posted on 05/07/2018
High School (SHS) senior Arianna Cioffi has been involved with the school’s
theatrical productions since her
freshman year, including jumping into the role of Caliban in William
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” with just two weeks of rehearsal time. And while
Shakespeare may seem like a different language, Cioffi has a role in the
upcoming SHS production that gives Shakespeare a run for his money.
is Don in “The Universal Language,” one of six one-act plays written by David
Ives, collectively called, “All
In the Timing.” In “The Universal
Language,” Don is the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language.
really confusing because you’ve got all kinds of words in here,” said Cioffi , 18.
“It’s kind of like gibberish. The audience has no idea what he’s saying.”
“This is a lot different than Shakespeare,”
she added, noting how much she has to use her face, hands and body to help
communicate in Unamunda. Cioffi also plays the role of the waitress in “The
Philadelphia,” alongside junior Harley
Reed, 17. In it, Reed plays Allen Chase, a laidback New Yorker who meets up
with his friend who has fallen
into "a Philadelphia," a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot
get anything he asks for.
is Reed’s first production at SHS after taking some classes, and he noted that
the stage experience is different than
the classroom one because there isn’t as much time to ramp up to the demands of
kind of challenging,” said Reed, who also plays the baker in “Philip Glass Buys
a Loaf of Bread.” “This is what it feels like when you rehearse, you have to be
on top of it.”
Peyton Noreen, 17, plays the role of
Swift in the play “Words, Words, Words,” about three monkeys writing
on typewriters until they come up with “Hamlet.” Noreen noted that while each one act is very
different, the collection
of plays does have a common thread.
theme for a show is definitely human interaction, just different scenarios that
seem crazy or outlandish,” she said. “The idea of realism comes from
unrealism.” Sandy High School Drama presents “All In the Timing,” by David
Ives, at 7:30 p.m. May 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, at 37400 SE Bell Street in Sandy.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information,
call 503-668-8011, ext. 7313.
“The Nerd” comes to Boring
Lazenby, director of the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company’s production of Larry
Shue’s “The Nerd,” notes that audience members are likely going to relate with the
comedy’s main character, Willum Cubbert. Cubbert is an aspiring architect and
veteran who gets the chance to meet the man who saved his life in Vietnam.
man turns out to be tactless and obnoxious.“In the horrible house guest, (the
audience) will see aspects of a person that they met at some point in their
life that they had to deal with,” said Lazenby, who will also play the role
of Warnock Waldgrave, Cubbert’s boss who is over for dinner when the nerd
arrives and starts to mess things up.
probably not as bad as they will see on stage, but everybody can relate to it. We
find ourselves in a position where
we can’t just tell them off, we can’t just shout at them.”
who has performed in the show previously, described it as a “good, solid belly
laugh comedy” as the audience
gets to watch Cubbert squirm and try to get out of the mess.
walk away smiling,” he said.
presents “The Nerd,” by Larry Shue, from May 18 to June 3 at the Boring Grange,
27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and
Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children, seniors
and students and $11 for teachers and law enforcement. For more information, or
to make reservations, call 503-593-1295
or visit nnbtheater.com.