Reviews: Colerain performs 'Arsenic & Old Lace'

Virginia Kavanaugh, Larry A. Ryle High School

Timing was key for a play like this, and the crew behind the scenes of this production gave it the attention it deserved. Overcoming minor sound troubles, they kept scene changes brief and their lighting stayed superb. The use of a dim light to represent a dark house, and having each character be able to "turn the lights on" required an incredible amount of diligence to keep the timing tight with the movements on stage. Everyone in this production came together nicely to deliver with as few hiccups as possible a favorite play of many.

Jeremias Santerelli, School for Creative and Performing Arts

Kim Estenson did a wonderful portrayal of the character of Martha. Instead of hysterics and cartoony actions, Estenson brought forth an honest representation of the character while still remaining comedic. Estenson had acute diction and a smooth voice that gently rolled into ears. She had genuine expressions and remained in-character throughout the performance.

The role of Officer O’Hara, played by Brandon Townsend, was a pleasant surprise. Townsend brought a great energy to the play, making distinctive and strong choices with his character. He showed a clear enthusiasm in his character, clearly enjoying every moment on stage. Townsend even went as far as taking his bows while still in character.

Jacob Lucas, Purcell Marian High School

Abby Brewster, played by Macartney Greer, was an incredible actress. She did such a fantastic job driving the show forward with a blend of seriousness and comedy that stole the show. Teddy Brewster, played by Micah Price was amazingly funny with both his actions and his delivery of his lines. Mortimer Brewster played by, Ryan Mulvaney, coupled wonderful deliveries with great reactions, making him not only incredibly funny but also memorable. All of the leads in the show were fantastic, not just in their delivery but also their ability to sell the show.

Katie Georgopoulos, Ursuline Academy

Technical aspects of this production were impressive as well. The set allowed for quick scene changes and illustrated a realistic depiction of a home during the 1930s. The refined furniture and simply designed wallpaper provided a quaint space for the story to unravel. In addition, the contrast in light granted clarity and made the audience feel a part of the action. Furthermore, the makeup allowed for realistic representations of each character. Especially notable was the makeup for Abby and Martha Brewster, which emphasized the maturity in age. Also, the creative makeup used for Jonathan Brewster’s face boosted the horror of his personality.

Tyler Hausfeld, Purcell Marian High School

Colerain High School’s set for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” designed by Megan Graff was simple but well planned. The cast used its entrance and exit points well and Colerain’s technical crew also did an excellent job lighting the set. Dimmed lighting worked well for scenes that were intended for darkness and the crew did a fantastic job with the amount of blackouts needed.

Briana Rice, School for Creative and Performing Arts

There were four cops in the show and it seemed that at every turn someone was going to discover the murders. Officer O’Hara, portrayed by Brandon Townsend, did a great job as the drunken playwright cop. Throughout the show, his portrayal was the only one that seemed almost natural and not played for laughs. The other cops functioned much like an ensemble; Lt. Rooney was portrayed by Vaysha Ramsey-Anderson, Officer Klein was portrayed by Abigail Steinbeck and Officer Brophy was portrayed by Stephanie Lutz. The ensemble of Brooklyn cops were the only characters that used Brooklyn accents, even though the whole show took play in Brooklyn. The cops got their accents down pat, and they were as familiar as any Brooklyn ever seen on a TV show.

Cassidy Steele, Purcell Marian High School

With lighting not operational until two weeks in advance, the crew did a splendid job. There were a few late cues, but it did not affect the actors or the show much at all. The sound crew also shined with its perfect sound cues. Actors were not the only ones with comedic timing. The backstage crew should be applauded for their hard work. The set was another bright point in the show; it was not only in tune to the time period, but realistic in that it made the audience feel as if they were also in this murderous home. Megan Graff, Laura Rocha, Sukaina Jatta and Will Gaines were the leaders and designers of the set and did a wonderful job.

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