Story by Noah Donoghue '17
It was absolutely hilarious, as the basic premise of this scene was to parallel adult relationships to this innocent relationship between the two schoolchildren. This parallel created a pattern of underlying sexual references mixed in with unexpected lapses of innocence. This mix proved to be absolutely hilarious, and, for this reason, “Boy Meets Girl” is one of the funniest one acts I have seen while in high school.
The next scene was “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,” directed by Jonathan Rufino ‘18. In summary, this one act depicted a few different ways in which Russian Revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky could have died. The final death scenario was the funniest, which, in an unexpected and bizarre plot twist, revealed that Mrs. Trotsky was having an affair with their gardener Ramon. This one act was masterfully directed, acted out, and performed.
“Overtones,” directed by Karis Felton (NCS ‘17), followed “Variations on the Death of Trotsky.” It focused on the intricacies found in quotidian conversation and the manner in which people can be manipulative with their words. This one act played with the idea of how people can say things to reach a common goal, yet have entirely conflicting reasons for obtaining that goal within their heads. The theme of compromise being at the forefront, I found this one act to be very relevant as mutual concession can go a long way in society today.
“Four Yorkshiremen” was the second one act directed by Jonathan Rufino’ 18 and the shortest one act of the night. That being said, it was still absolutely hilarious. Many people sitting around me were crying from laughter by the end of the performance, probably due to the how relatable the plot was. The plot itself featured four older men complaining about how hard their childhood was, a situation which most of have observed and can relate to.
“13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” concluded the first act, and I enjoyed this one act because it was almost universally relatable. It was directed by Grace DeLorme ‘17, Weaver Lilley ‘17, Lorenzo Arvanitis ‘17, and Joey Toker ‘17). College interviews are something most STA/NCS students either have gone or will go through at some point in high school. Interviews are traditionally viewed in accordance with their stereotype of being stress-filled nightmares, and this one act parodied these interviews in a way that was tasteful, funny, and relatable. This show was a great way to end the first act.
The second act began with “Mine Eyes have Seen,” directed by Maya Milward ‘17. I enjoyed this one act as I was watching it, but I appreciate it even more now after having done a little bit of research on this play and its history. This play was published in 1918 in The Crisis Magazine, a publication paid for by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This play had many connotations relating to the racial situation in America surrounding World War I and served as a means for protesting the Selective Service Act of 1918, which allowed for all Americans regardless of race to be drafted into the military. Many saw this act as unjust because African-Americans, despite the presence of inequality and segregation in America, could still be forced to fight in the military.
“Wanda’s Visit,” directed by Dinesh Das Gupta ‘17, came next. The one act portrayed a very awkward couple of days, in which a married man’s high school girlfriend comes back to visit him and his wife. Understandably, these few days are uncomfortable, as the high school girlfriend is clearly not over her ex-boyfriend. This one act was creative, funny, and unique.
“Alice And Penny And” was directed by Bofta Leakemariam (NCS ‘17) and was written by Maeve Murphy (NCS ‘17). First off, I would like to offer the cast, director, and writer of this one act a huge congratulations, as this was the only student written one act in the program this year. This one act was funny, and, obviously, completely original. I found it to be entertaining, but also relevant and important as it grappled with the way in which society today can be overly focused on talking and arguing instead of listening. This message was conveyed by setting up a world in which everyone was on a 400 word limit per day, making choosing one’s words important and listening to other’s words crucial.
The final play of the night was “7 Worst Breakups,” directed by Bofta Leakemariam ‘17. The basic plotline of this scene was that the audience witnesses a single breakup, followed by a countdown of the seven worst breakups in the history of mankind. These seven worst breakups ranged everywhere from cavemen, to Civil War soldiers, and to a theatrical breakup at the end. It was an outstanding and hilarious way to cap off an amazing and memorable night. Congratulations to everyone involved, and thanks for an amazing show!