St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

St. Clair Community College presents: “Office Hours”

Amber Oile

Staff Writer

Oct.18 thru the 21, the play “Office Hours” made its campus debut.

“Office Hours” is about the trials and tribulations of instructors trying to keep their courses alive, while dealing heavily with student/teacher issues on campus. The radical and self-indulgent teachings of Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Dante, and, King Lear, may have landed the school in danger of closing.

Final scene showing a staff get-together, from left to right: Courtney Roles (Martha), Jay Hill (Ted), Kevin Bolday (Brian) and Caleb Paldanius (Mark). Photo Credit: Amber Oile

Scenes take place in the early 1970’S throughout the course of a school year. Could this play be Albert Gurney Jr.’s, an award winning American playwright and novelist, testimony of his journey in the teaching world in the early 1980’s, as a former professor teaching humanities at M.I.T?

The Plato scene starring Alyssa Ferri, Arthur Knisley and Elizabeth George, shows two students, Nancy (George) and Chuck (Knisley), being asked by their instructor Arlene(Ferri)  to join her in her office for a brief conference.

Arlene, towards the end of the conference, suggests to Nancy, as a ploy to keep her course alive, that she change her major. Ferri says her character’s role shifts from passionate instructor to that of a car salesman, for fear of losing her course.

The King Lear scene, starring Richard Croy as Ross, and Garion Adams as Arthur, shows a former student, Ross, finding his ex-professor, Arthur, and calling to memory the grades given out by Arthur.

Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile
Ross (Robert Croy) pays ex-professor Arthur (Garion Adams) a visit in the King Lear scene. Photo Credit: Amber Oile

As a result of his final grade, Ross is sent to the army, and soon discharged on a count of “mental problems.” Arthur quickly learns this is not your normal teacher student reunion, and his life may be on the line.

Audience member Alphonso Amos admitted that he couldn’t control his laughter through-out the play.

“King Lear that was by far the most entertaining,” said Amos with a chuckle.

The responsive and well animated audience showed their appreciation through laughter, and long applause at the end of each showing, making it very clear that the production was satisfactory.

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