Theatre stages 3 plays
By Randi Somers
What kind of power could induce young people to sharpen pencils, slide into desks and start taking tests during their summer vacation?
Obviously, it’s the power of Pier One’s Youth Theatre program.
Homer’s youth grab the spotlight at Pier One for the next two weekends with three short plays under the direction of Taneeka Hansen.
“Testing, Testing” by Alan Haehnel, spoofs high school testing practices and procedures from the viewpoints of winners and losers. The performance consists of two short, one-act plays.
The first play, “High Stakes,” places the top student in the classroom under extreme stress with the teacher and students conspiring to disrupt her concentration during testing. She endures and finishes the test despite a roomful of abusive distractors. Although the actual purpose of the torment is not expressed until the end of the play, one student speculates that she is being tested for some kind of CIA work.
“Wendy’s Tale” explores testing from another view. This play focuses on one student who describes herself as someone who “doesn’t test well.” And while a surprise ending will leave audiences smiling, Director Hansen and her assistant Leeza Mastre agreed that it is best left up to the audience to interpret the underlying meanings of each of the plays.
Doug Rand’s “Lights Out,” explores the big bang theory and other important questions from the standpoint of three young people whose beauty potion production is interrupted by a power outage.
Their wait for electric service to resume evolves into a discussion that explores everything from solar flares to Freemasons as the source of the problem.
In essence, the “lights out” effectively turn “lights on” in their heads, causing them to investigate serious universal questions.
The show opens Friday, and continues through Aug. 2 and again Thursday through Saturday next weekend.
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