Albert Einstein High School FigmentsBy Cappies • Nov 15th, 2013 • Category: Cappies
There is a disease that plagues all writers. This illness is called Writers Block. Rick Jacobs’s case is severe, but add in a clingy mother and a crush who’s taken and his condition seems hopeless. However, the help from some colorful imaginations may cure the nuisance.
Figments, written in 1995 by Billy St. John, takes place in present day New York. This comedy revolves around the life of the playwright Rick Jacobs, who is having difficulties finishing his latest murder mystery. In order to help, the characters of his play come to life as figments of his imagination. While struggling to finish the story, he has other problems like his mother barging in and a crush that’s dating someone else. With all this stress, it’s no surprise that even more figments of friends and family come out. Despite all these characters around, Rick gets the end of his story and the girl.
The cast and crew of Albert Einstein’s Figments put on an entertaining and amusing production. The actors were all devoted to their characters throughout the show. Also, the technical elements of the play were excellent at distinguishing between reality and imagination.
Marc Cioffi, who portrayed Rick, was great. He was on stage longer than anyone else in the show and was able to maintain superior energy and focus. His dedication to the part was evident as he portrayed a myriad of emotions. Also, Michiko Feehan was a hit as Mama. With the ashes of Rick’s father in tow, her fussing over Rick came across hilariously. Michiko’s ability to develop her character turned a silly mother into an endearing character whose love for her son really shined through.
The supporting cast was just equally enthusiastic as the leads. The mystery figures of Rick’s play stood out in their ability to perform the same scene many times and still maintain the audience’s attention. They did this using versatility during the scenes based on the feelings of Rick at that moment. Elizabeth Lambert as Veronica and Jordan Hill as David were prominent due to their obvious devotion to their parts. Also, the figments of Rick’s real friends and family had admirable performances. Their hard work was clear in the way they took the original character’s personality and amplified it to fit the imagination world in which they lived. Carlos Castillo as Rick 2 and Adeline McCaul as Loni 2 in particular were very entertaining in their roles.
The technical aspects of the show were respectable. The closet that was integrated into the apartment was able to produce some hilarious moments in its ability to surprise the audience with cast members at random parts of the show. Also, the set had eclectic decorations everywhere including a Mr. Potato Head, a suit of armor, and even a portrait of Albert Einstein. Likewise, the costumes of the show were wonderful. They reflected the personality of the character very well. Furthermore, the costumes of the mystery figments coordinated which added a sense of consistency and unity throughout their differing scenes.
The endearing performance of Albert Einstein’s Figments was amusing and well done. The actors had commendable performances and the technical parts of the show were admirable. Altogether the cast and crew had an excellent performance.
by Grace Mattes of Chantilly High School
Photos by Joe McCary
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