In this year’s Evening of Performance the Players have really outdone themselves with three show stopping comedies that will leave you with a smile on your face, with Sheer Idiocy planning to end each night brilliantly. The three performances of the night The Whole Shebang, Promaggedon, and A Dollar really brought down the house.
The story of a graduate student struggling through the presentation of his master’s thesis, he just can’t seem to get anything to go his way. Our hero the Dean, played by Hannah De los Santos, recognizes the beauty and academic merit in the student’s work and does her best to fight for his grade. Through the act you will grow close to the Dean and ride an emotional rollercoaster through the highs and lows of Rich Orloff’s humor and discover the fate of the Dean, the Student, and the thesis in The Whole Shebang.
With the dynamic duo of Matthew Scorza and Nathan Fullerton directing the first ever RPI Players performance of Promaggedon you should come in with high hopes for an amazing show. Opening with four high schoolers who are up to no good making trouble in their school basement on prom night, you can tell from the title alone that everything is going to go just fine. Much of the play is spent gossiping about their fellow classmates and leads you to wonder if they will ever get out of the basement and get back to their night of folly and tomfoolery. What really brings the show together is the leading role as played by Scorza’s tux who is able to take its character to the next level both emotionally and physically through sheer beauty alone.
Pinski’s classic, which we all pretended to have heard of before just now, A Dollar, tells the story of a poor acting troupe traveling between towns when the appearance of a dollar changes the social structure of the group. Similar to other Pinski plays, which were researched thoroughly not just skimmed the first paragraph of wikipedia, A Dollar stands strongly pro-capitalism. The play’s obvious support of the free market makes Ayn Rand look like a selfless, working class, communist inner-city rights activist. The performances of the actors are just as strong as Pinski’s love of the rich. Overall a very enjoyable watch, especially for you hippies.
It wasn’t just their humor, what really took the show and left the audience swooning was the groundbreaking costuming of the characters that truly got the crowd going, if you know what I mean.