A dark turn for a light hearted play

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A review of SC4 Players of the production of Relatively Speaking.
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

The words of Tom Kephart, theatre director for SC4, ring through my head, “Comedy isn’t easy to do well.”
“The SC4 Players all proven willing and able to tackle the challenge of these three comedies, each quite different in its style, and I’m very proud of their work,” Kephart stated.
That’s about the best way to describe the SC4 Players production of Relatively Speaking.
And they deserve every ounce of praise.
The play follows 3 stories, that don’t really have anything to do with each other.
The first looks into the private sessions between doctor and patient. Larry, played by Brennan Fisher, is sick and his doctor, played by Shyela Reimel, only wants the best for him, if she could get a word in edge wise.
The story first seems like fun banter, but then takes a dark turn as you discover what Larry did for him to need treatment.
It also explores Larry’s childhood home, and why Larry may be the way he is.
The first act was great. A good way to get into such a strange play. The actors really made you like the characters.
The second act was longer then the first. It followed Carla, played by Haley LeMerise, a stressed women who just fought with her husband. She waits up all night for her husband to call, but is then visited by Doreen, played by Emma Dunlop.
Doreen claims that she and Carla used to be friends and needs support after her rich husband passed away. As the play unfolds, Doreen turns out to be clueless and helpless and asks Carla, to allow her to stay the night. This creates more tension and a mess ensues.
This was probably my favorite act. The light comedy turned dark made the audience uncomfortable, but still burst out into laughter.
“Tom, our director, helped each of us channel the best performances possible, and although I’ve done plays in high school before, I felt like this was the first time I’ve ever truly “acted” due to the wonderful guidance I received,” LeMerise said about her role as Carla.
This act probably took the darkest turn and really dug deep into a mother-daughter relationship almost too far to fix.
The third act followed a bride, a groom, the groom’s father, and everyone else that was part of the mess of a wedding.
A bride, played by Courtney Roles, and her lover, played by Garrett Hadwin, show up to an old, broken down motel for their honeymoon. It just turns out that her lover isn’t her husband, but his dad.
The rest of the play pieced together a strange story about love, romance, loyalty (or lack thereof), and a wedding no one will forget.
This act dealt with topics most plays wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, and still pulls it off effortlessly.
The actors did such a great job really setting the mood and forcing you to see something that most people would pretend didn’t happen.
So congratulations to the SC4 Players and another well done performance. If you missed a chance to see this play, or be a part of it, visit sc4.edu/arts and click the calendar to find the next show the Players will perform.

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