Powder and Wig delivers intimate performance of “Some Girls”

Down in the cellar of Runnals, located at the bottom of a long set of stairs, lies a small black-box theater; a simple set depicting a hotel room acts as the setting for each of the five scenes in Some Girl(s), directed by Katherine Kibler ’16.

The play, originally written by Neil LaBute, follows the quest of a man seemingly asking for a clean slate from a series of ex-girlfriends. This daunting task relays itself in what is essentially an hour and a half of straight speech, a slew of quick exchanges between five women (played in order of appearance by Charlotte Purcell ’19, Olivia Gould ’16, Chelsea Regan ’17, Morgan Springer ’17, and Meghan Fawcett ’16, and one guy, who is smoothly and excellently played by Cole Walsh ’19.

Each of the five scenes take place in hotel rooms in different cities (although Seattle appears twice) and follows the same type of dialogue: the man is getting married and wants to tie up loose ends. However, the twist comes in the form of his admittance of his purpose and in the varied relationships he has with each specific woman. There’s the high school sweetheart, the adventurous sexy one, the professional affair, the one that got away, and the childhood acquaintance.

Breakout star Walsh did a fantastic job carrying the show on his shoulders. “[He’s] a sweet and adorable person. He rose to the occasion in the most incredible way,” commented Kibler. “I’m really just obsessed with everyone in the cast. They’re fantastic.”

On his part, Walsh said “the character is really interesting… I’ve never played a part like this. It’s like stepping into new shoes. It was a great learning process… I’m really honored. It’s an incredible cast, fantastic crew, and an excellent support system.”

The five women in the show crafted their scenes with individual touches and quirks that made the audience believe each of the relationships. Each scene was fraught with emotion as every woman acted in a real and elegant manner. Most notable was the shouting scene, masterfully done by Morgan Springer and Walsh, where they yelled a combination of personal insults and deceit that were gritty, raw,IMG_9452 (1) vulnerable, and ugly. Additionally, Fawcett portrayed incredible intensity and finesse in her scene focusing on inappropriate touching.

The character of Guy, purposefully void of a name, went about his travels with a selfish motive to be free of guilt from past relationships. Throughout his quest, he remained ignorant of how he brought up repressed memories that would have been better left alone, and didn’t think about the lives he was disrupting. This overarching theme, combined with making people feel used, abandoned, and forever altered, made the audience pause and think. These traits are real, applicable to life, and Some Girl(s), a title attributed to each girl in turn by Guy, brought them to harsh reality.

Interestingly enough, LaBute originally wrote four scenes and added the fifth one later. This interaction included heavy material that could only be approached by an actor really willing to take it on. “I thought, if we don’t get someone who we feel like can handle it, we won’t do it…The actress we have handles it really poignantly. I’m really glad to have it. It would be really lacking without it,” Kibler said on her experience directing such an emotionally trying show. Indeed, each scene tackled difficult parts of relationships and varied from screaming matches to tears to seduction to stripping. The intense emotion of the last scene, starkly contrasted from the angry, aggressive yelling from the scene before, was delivered with the gentle delicacy the subject matter needed. There was a tenderness portrayed by the actors in the entirety of the show into which we were invited, by this intimate theater, and by the familiarity, angst, and love both lost and retained by these people.

With the help of a phenomenal cast, the result of Some Girl(s) was a true look into the lives of people who were real and made you think about your own life and effect on other people. The entire cast and crew deserves praise for putting on such an incredible show and for making us stop for a moment and reevaluate how we treat people. We’re all human, and our interactions and how we make people feel truly matter, and we must thank them all for reminding us of that.

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