By: Nina Campli, Assistant Editor of Student Life and Arts
There’s a lot going on in the Theatre Department this semester, the most recent being What Have We Got, a new play by Bella Louk (‘20) and directed by Alison O’Brien (‘19). The show has two runs, one of which was on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m., and another on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. in the A-lab.
The production is a staged reading with minimal set pieces and minimal lighting. But even with so little on stage and the fact that the actors were holding the script in their hands, it was an excellent production. The cast did an amazing job working in the small amount of time they had. An audience favorite was Christian Alvarado (’19) who played Roger, an old man with Alzheimer’s. The show focused on general issues of a family and Alvarado’s character offered some comedic relief, especially during the heated moment of a huge argument amongst the families.
Since this production is a Director’s Workshop, there was a talk-back session that followed the performance. Using the constructive criticism she received this past Sunday, Louk will rewrite a few things and the cast will apply them to the show this upcoming Saturday. Stefanie Defronzo (‘20) said, “The play was very relevant and eye-opening. Aside from the stomach-dropping moments and comedic moments, there were plenty of moments that made you think about how important it is to let the people you love know that you love them and that you are there for them every step of the way.”