Flint Hill School Maybe Baby, It’s YouBy Cappies • Nov 15th, 2010 • Category: Cappies
There was divinity on stage in this show. Literally. The Greek goddess Medea made a special appearance alongside many other awkward lovers in Flint Hill School’s production of Maybe Baby, It’s You.
Written by Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson this lesser known show is comprised of eleven vignettes is a showcase of the awkward personal situations that everyone can relate to. From the grade school nonsense to the slightly tarnished years of marriage, the audience is in for a raucous ride on the road of romance.
The interesting part about this show was the fact that no actor played anything less than a cameo role. There was never an ensemble, because each vignette starred only a few characters, and no other actors were on stage. For this reason, every actor in the show had to really work to fill the stage and the void between the few characters. However, the actors all had white-hot energy and filled the voids with colorful and generally awkward characters. The danger with such offbeat and socially inept characters is being just a tad too awkward and lapsing out of the relationships while focusing on the character, however, the actors of Flint Hill School spun their awkwardness with good timing to make it rather amusing, overall.
Despite the nature of the play, two individuals stood out among the crowd. Chris Halverson showed his versatility as an actor playing a spitball shooting elementary school bully, a film noir hero with a razor sharp wit, and a divorced grandfather who grudgingly accepts the will of his heart. He committed fully to each one of these characters, and worked his relationships as if he had really experienced them before. I’m suspicious. As the elementary school bully, he played across Tonasia Jones, who played an extravagantly nerdy elementary school girl with a drive to be independent and the power to scare off any boy who tried to step on her autonomy. Her way over-the-top portrayal of this dweeby character made the ferocity with which she spurned the boys, one after the other, absolutely ridiculous, and thus, all the more fun to watch.
A few other actors were memorable for their quirky characters, and their ability to convey comedy rather than awkwardness. John Osborn’s repeated appearances as Ron, the children’s brain surgeon with two left feet and a touch too much confidence, added some amusing continuity to the show with him coming back over and over, only to be rejected. Aimee Marich showed the decline from femme fatale to dowdy housewife. It was impressive to see the maintenance of her character while transitioning between stages of life. While there were some lapses in character and delays in comedic timing, overall the energy of the cast and the ownership each actor took of their moments as lead brought the show together as a nice night of comedy.
The journey through many facets of the awkward search for romance makes for a touching show, while keeping the hilarity of these moments for the onlooker. It conveys the uncertainty everyone feels when venturing into that world of confusion. “Maybe Baby, It’s You”–or maybe it’s not.
by Shaan Sharma of Chantilly High School
Photos by M. Cavanaugh.
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