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Flint Hill School Somewhere in Between

By • Nov 11th, 2007 • Category: Cappies

Natalie Berk, Alexis Abbey, and Michael Libonati

Ever been trapped in an elevator with a claustrophobic, overly-stressed woman or found yourself making poor attempts at flirting in the local bookstore? Examples of the quirky, awkward scenarios that make up the macrocosm in which we live were found all throughout Flint Hill School’s inspired production of Somewhere in Between. Originally written by Craig Pospisil, the plot is one of the vicissitudes of life, and the striking events that mold personalities and characters.

Set in 1996 in New York City, Somewhere in Between encompasses the life of Jasper, a 29-year old man, who is currently trapped in a mire of dullness, with a job he despises and a nonexistent social life. The play chronicles the occurrences leading up to the turning point in Jasper’s life, where he meets Holly, a smart girl who works at the bookstore, and gains valuable insight on the meaning of living. Such main characters as Chris, a scandalous co-worker who tries to convince Jasper that a remedy can be sought in a one-night-stand, and Mary, a provocative woman who tempts Jasper at work, provide meaningful lessons in the formation of Chris’ developing life.

With a cast full of energetic, creative minds, Flint Hill School’s actors brought their characters to life in a plethora of ways. The members of the cast had a unique ability to play the parts of several characters throughout the play, which was, overall, very impressive.

Michael Libonati, who played Jasper, had a lively way of attracting the emotions of the audience towards his character. Holly’s meek attitude was elegantly illustrated by Alexis Abbey. In addition, the Elevator woman, one of the characters played by Maggie Robertson, was memorable. Although her part was short-lived, she provided a sensational display of the definition of the word stressed. Chris, Brendan O’Flaherty, caught the audience’s attention, with his comical manner and his signature way of incessant coffee drinking. Nina Melisi‘s performance of Mary included a great deal of attitude and her character’s use of her physical assets, along with fashion sense. Throughout the play, all actors were very clear and easily heard which contributed to their show.

Most cast members were able to make their characters realistic and portray them in very realistic ways. This includes Maggie Robertson’s Elevator Woman, who was most enjoyable, with her great optimism of life, which quickly changed to despair at the thought of complications like being stuck in an elevator. Erik Fredericksen‘s spicy words and use of body language was an absolute delight as the man making bold, suggestive statements in the restaurant scene. Another such character to be recognized was Collin Sibley‘s sentimental recreation of the life of a homeless person. His sweet personality and honest outlook captured the hearts of the audience. Jasper, especially, defined his character with utmost precision throughout the plot. However, with such high-energy actors and actresses, some other characters were left out of the spotlight because of their mild, stable personalities and traits.

One of the greatest benefits to the production was the use of very few props by using invisible objects. This, though inconsistent at times, allowed the audience to concentrate solely on the characters and helped to create a general understanding of them. While it drew attention to the actors, it also made it easier for them to make small mistakes such as walking through a desk or taking a cup from a table and placing it elsewhere. Despite these, the performance without props was more riveting. Lighting was well done, especially with the incorporation of colors, which evoked emotion throughout the scene between Holly and Jasper while they strolled and daydreamed. The constant changing of costumes was well received, as it added flavor to the play.

In an overall opinion of the play, rather than finding the audience caught “somewhere in between,” it was approved as an enjoyment to all, with its catchy phrases, well-illustrated characters, and undeniably ridiculous scenes that drew laughs from everyone.

by Sabena Richter of Paul VI

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