Today and Saturday, Indiana Area Senior High School will present “Relationships 101: A Night of One-Act Plays.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. both nights, and tickets will be available at the door for $5 each.
The show combines three one-act plays, “Check, Please,” written by Jonathan Rand; “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” by Don Zolidis; and “That’s Not How I Remember It,” also written by Zolidis. These short acts showcase in an unpredictable and very laughable way bad first dates, ugly breakups and the drama of the high school dating scene. The audience can sit back and have a good laugh while also being able to relate and sympathize with some of the characters throughout their various crazy experiences. Senior cast member Paul Kane described the show as “perpetually charming and witty.”
[PHOTO: Brian Bowersox, a sophomore, and Bethann McGinnis, a freshman, play 1980s movie stereotypes in Indiana Area Senior High School’s production of “Relationships 101: A Night of One-Act Plays,” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in the auditorium. (Leah Lyons/Indiana Area School District)]
The show sports an excellent ensemble cast, with each member having relatively balanced and equally comical roles in the show. All cast members can be seen throughout the acts as different characters, perhaps as patrons to the restaurant in the first show, or thugs in the third.
The set changes for each show, and even for different scenes, by rotating four large rectangular prisms on wheels to create a change of scenery such as a hospital, a restaurant, or a bathroom. There are stage managers for each of the three acts — Elizabeth Grieggs, Hayley Bush and Flavia Caron — who ensure all of the quick set changes go as smoothly as possible.
The first show, “Check, Please,” takes place in one restaurant. Here, a series of horrible first dates plays out, ranging from a date with an egotistical jerk to one with a kleptomaniac. Kane sums it up best saying, “The worst dates you’ve ever had can’t hold a candle to the first show.”
“It’s Not You, It’s Me,” takes a completely different turn with a series of hilariously bad breakups playing out on stage that are as crazy as a girl breaking up with a guy because she claims she is a psychic, and a guy breaking up with a girl because she won’t let him watch ESPN constantly. Sophomore cast member Brendon Curry thinks that the audience will enjoy this act because “it relates to the audience with short moments of reality, but then is followed by moments of unpredictable, hilarious nonsense.”
The final act in “Relationships 101: A Night of One-Act Plays” — “That’s Not How I Remember It” — takes an entirely different spin on things. The stage is split, one half being present time where a mom and dad, played by seniors Keely McCune and Thomas Nakrosis, tell their son Tommy the story of how they met. The second half of the stage is completely immersed in the 1980s, where the story of how the young mom and dad met is played out in their high school versions, Lola and Barry, played by Rachel Floyd and Brian Bowersox, as they travel through the drama of high school and eventually fall in love.
As it turns out, the mom and dad’s version of the story differ greatly. The audience will get to enjoy the comical disagreements between the mom and dad about what actually happened and will be amused as they see the conflicting scenario being played out in an over-the-top and cheesy 1980s fashion.
When asked about her favorite part of the act, senior cast member Vrenda Soni said, “I really like the cheesiness of ‘That’s Not How I Remember It’ because it takes places in the ’80s, which adds a whole new layer of comedy to the show. It resembles all the good old classic ’80s movies like ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’ and just about any other ’80s movie one can think of.”
“Relationships 101: A Night of One-Act Plays” is the final show of the 2013-14 school year. With many seniors in the show, the audience will get the opportunity to get to see some of the many senior drama students as they grace the Indiana Senior High School stage for the last time. With many underclassmen in the show, the audience will get a taste of the excellent talent they will get the luxury of seeing in shows to come in the next few years.
This also closes off the first year at Indiana Senior High School for the new drama director, Leah Lyons.
Lyons is excited to see the audience’s response to the show and professed her thought that the audience will thoroughly enjoy it saying, “Everyone has been through a bad date, a rough relationship, and awkward boy-girl moments. This show allows the audience to laugh at the characters while also laughing at themselves.”