Some Girl(s), directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy, told a story many can relate to, that of being betrayed by a lover. Set in a modern time and a familiar setting with universal themes that helped to move the production, allowing audience members to relate the story to their own life and compare it to personal experience. It began slowly, with the dialogue at some points seeming to get stuck. When intermission came there wasn’t a real clear objective to the story, the main character had plenty of conflict but it was unclear what he would do to resolve it. Though this lack of a clear resolution does add a more realistic touch to a universal situation that is rarely resolved. With a very character driven plot the different characters and their overlapping stories held the most interest; the audience wondered what story the next character would have.
The visual aspects of Some Girl(s) were interesting and effective. First off, the play contained opening credits in the form of a PowerPoint slideshow; this was a different way to start a play. When the lights came up the set instantly gave off the image of a hotel room, the mini fridge and bare furniture with the massive bed as the focal point. One detail that helped to mark the setting was a painting on the wall that was replaced with each different setting. The typical hotel room painting, they were each of a local landscape adding a clever detail to the set. Lighting was also used very effectively throughout the production; the windows of the room were implied by light seemingly coming in over the room through the use of a window frame cutout over spot lights. Throughout the play the lights would turn on and off as the actors opened and closed the windows. One other very clever idea was to dress the stagehands as hotel housekeepers, bringing in the props for the next scene on a cart filled with towels and spray bottles. These elements helped to make the set believable.
The different characters and their personalities were what moved the story the most. Throughout the play the main character, Guy, is piece by piece revealed to be somebody who has a habit of toying with people and leading them on until he moves on and leaves them behind. Through his accounts of past events the accounts of his ex girlfriends his character becomes more and more unlikeable, his character is developed through multiple viewpoints throughout the play and by the end the audience begins to trust him less and less. One character really stood out, that of Bobbi played by Alicia Roles. Roles was very believable in her role and throughout her performance the audience became more and more invested in her story. Her scene was the last one really tied up the story, and solidified the audience’s growing dislike for the main character.
Some Girl(s) presented a story that most can relate to. It showed people dealing with memories that most people try to forget. The play ended on an unclear note, leaving the audience to wonder about the intentions of the main character.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going". Some Girls, by Neil LaBute and directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy, is a story that most people can relate to. It was about finding the hearts desires and deciding ones priorities. In this case, Guy, Pat Bigaouette, got what he wanted and left unexpectedly in four women's lives. Throughout the entire play the audience were trying to understand what type of a person Bigaouette was. When he said this quote, it was clear. Guy uses each woman as a stepping stone in his career. This was shown particularly when he recorded his entire conversation with Bobbi, Alicia Roles. His passion was truly in his work. He expressed his love for Bobbi and moments later spoke with his fiancé on the phone and expressed his love. Guy basically was going back to apologize to the women he had done wrong so that he'd have a story to write about once they'd forgiven him. What he didn't expect was for some of the women to be unwilling to forgive. The beginning of the story made Guy seem very sincere. Toward the end of the story is when his true character appeared. This is often the case when meeting someone for the first time. It may take one day, one year, and perhaps even one lifetime to truly get to know a person. Sometimes people leave due to death and sometimes people leave to find what they want. Guy may have cared for the women he dated but ultimately he cared more about himself and finding something to help him get ahead in his career. Guy represented a vast majority of people today. Rather than being true to oneself and others, many people decide to hide who they really are to appear more pleasing to others and fit in society. People will often overlook the "right" thing in order to fulfill the hearts desires.
"I'm more than open to hope, but I think men and women have a difficult time dealing with each other and often take the low road." - was a quote said by Neil LaBute, the author of the play Some Girl(s). Some Girl(s) was directed by Amanda Imberg, who said when she first read Some Girl(s) she wanted to punch lead character Guy right in the face. Also directed by Shane May and Emily Murphy. Imberg could not have said it better, Lead character Guy who is a thirty-three year old writer, played by actor Pat Bigaoutte was trying to reconnect with his past flames before making the huge commitment of marriage. The play started out very original by having the beginning credits on a big screen. The big screen was also used to set each setting of the play as well. The settings were very modern and set in familiar places such as Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles. Each setting was meant to be different looking hotel rooms with the bed or beds, being the main focal point. A very cool feature that this play had was between each set they had the stagehands as housekeepers, they would fix up each new hotel room to make the new rooms look slightly different, doing anything from splitting the bed in half, to changing each room number.
Guy was a character that you weren't to sure about when first seeing him onstage, but as the play began to progress you realize that you don't like Guy at all. Guy did a lot of damage along his road of self discovery, and now he is trying to clean up some of the debris that he had left, but it just wasn't possible for him. He realizes that some things are just better left alone. One character stood out the most to the audience and to Guy in this play. The last girl that Guy tried fixing things with was Bobbi played by actress Alicia Roles. Her character was very believable in comparison to the rest of the actors. Bobbi was honest and open, leaving Guy with nothing but his voice recorder and failure in the attempt to make things right with Some Girl(s). Some Girl(s) is a story that many people can relate to. Shane May says: relationships between men and women are merely an effective device for destroying one another. Sometimes the destruction is out there and in your face like a bomb falling on Hiroshima, but more often it's insidiously quiet- hidden and buried- eroding from the inside out. By the time it reaches the outside world, it's too late for repair. The damage is done. Which is the perfect definition of the story Some Girl(s).
St. Scholastica’s production of Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute was an… interesting play. Directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy, this story was about a writer who wanted to make amends with past girlfriends so he can write a story about it. The play started rather abruptly when the house lights came down and an unorthodox slideshow introduced the main actors, setting, etc. A lack of reminder to turn off cell phones resulted in more than one going off during the show. The set was obviously supposed to resemble a hotel room, as the scenery involved some end tables, a mini fridge, ice bucket and supplies, and a massive bed with lamps on either side. Generic “Fire Escape” signs on the back of the door also added to the overall effect of the scene. Before the play began, however, the crew seemed a little unprepared, as a couple people came onstage to fetch a prop or two from the closet, then returning to close the closet door. The first scene took place in Seattle, where Guy (Pat Biaouette) met up with the first of his four girlfriends, Sam (Laura Banken). Both actors seemed rather tense and unexpressive. They would deliver their lines and stand there awkwardly waiting for the next character to make a move. They also broke character when water was accidentally spilled on the bed, chuckling under their breath and stammering on their next couple lines. The next scene occurred in Chicago with Guy and his other ex Tyler (Sasha Howell). Better than the first scene, they delivered this scene swiftly and thoroughly. Boston came after intermission with Guy and Lindsay (Mindi Esala). Their use of actual cigarettes was effective, as it brought me further into the play, but a couple of audience members seemed to disagree as it sent them into fits of coughing. The final scene with his ex Bobbi (Alicia Roles) was another rough scene. Often, the actors ran over each other’s lines and Roles seemed to think that her voice wasn’t projecting enough as she managed to shout most of her lines with bland expression. The lighting crew managed to make a good impression during the scenes that took place at night, as they dimmed the lights and added blue lights that had windowpane qualities that shut vertically with the actors gestures of closing the curtains of the windows, which was rather impressive and creative. Director Amanda Imberg wrote in the director’s notes that by the end of the play she “wanted to punch Guy in the face,” a conclusion that I couldn’t agree with more. As the play went on, Guy’s character seemed to be a hypocrite. First, he would say that he’s engaged and continue on to kiss his ex girlfriends and, at one point, strip to his boxers, about to have sex with one, until she runs off. He also tells Bobbi that he loves her, but after she leaves, he delivers the same lines of profession to his fiancée on the phone. By the end of the play, Guy is more of a villain. St. Scholastica’s rendition of Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute was a rather rough performance that definitely could have used some refinement, but was still entertaining to watch.
Neil LaBute's play Some Girl(s) is about Guy's (Pat Bigaouette) quest to make amends with his past girlfriends and write a book about it. The play is broken up into four scenes. Each featuring his encounter with a different girl.
In the beginning of the play, the general impression of Guy is that he is a reclusive and unassuming writer that could not hurt a fly. He is twitchy nervous and emotionally guarded. As the play progresses, it is revealed that Guy is in fact a vicious womanizer that feels absolutely no remorse for what he puts women through. His behavior in the last act, particularly in the last few minutes, is nearly pathological.
The first scene (directed by Shane May), was our introduction to Guy and Sam (Lauren Banken), the first ex-girlfriend of his journey. The overall effect of the first scene was a little jarring as the audience was trying to get a feel for Guy as a character and Lauren Banken reciting her lines dutifully.
The next two scenes came with a bit of relief as the show settled into a comfortable rhythm. Guy's true nature was slowly revealed through his interactions with ex-girlfriends Tyler (Sasha Howell) and Lindsay (Mindi Esala). The situations and circumstances matured as the play progressed. Starting at a relatively inconsequential high school breakup and culminating in full blown adultery.
The final scene was definitely climactic in it's own way. In scene four, Guy meets with Bobbi (Alicia Roles) in yet another hotel room. It is revealed to the audience that Guy left her for Tyler some time ago. The scene culminates in Guy professing his love for her and then not five minutes later, saying almost the same exact thing to his fiance on the phone. The complete lack of remorse is shocking.
Some Girl(s) is a provocative and engaging play written by Neil La Bute and produced by University of St Scholastica Theatre. It was directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy and involve a Man named Guy (Pat Bigaouette) who is about to get married to a 22 year old nurse. Before tying the knot, he embarks on a journey to visit some of his former girlfriends to apologize for his past misdeeds. On the surface, his actions come out as genuine –man is to error and when you hurt a woman’s feeling, you apologize. Whether you are forgiven or not is quite a different story but at least you tried.
Guy’s journey takes him from Seattle, Chicago, Boston and finally Los Angeles, all reflected on stage by different hotel room settings. His first stop was Seattle to meet Sam (Laura Banken), his high school sweetheart whom he damped just before the prom. Next stop was Chicago to reconnect with Tyler (Sasha Howell) whose sexual appetite rather extreme. In Boston it's married woman Lindsay (Mindi Esala) who came to the hotel room expecting some resurgence of lost romance but left with even a fresher wound. And finally, in Los Angeles he meets up with Bobbi (Alicia Roles), his University romance who actually left him.
La Bute’s beautifully written script captures a very common atmosphere nowadays- freelance dating. Guy’s non commitment to these women though unfair to them, is a pattern nobody can condemn in its entirety. Ambivalence in not wanting to settle down as a high school student can be understandable but walking out on prom night was a selfish act indeed. This betrayal is not lost in Sam reaction when she tries to contempt Guy’s explanation.
Unlike Sam who still holds the hurt, Tyler reactions is quite the opposite. A sexually aggressive and free spirited woman, she indulged Guy into a union of bodies and rather than serious conversation pertaining their past romance. The scene in a Chicago hotel room is sensual and devoid of reason or hard feelings and put both Guy and Tyler morals in question. The author turns tables quite well in Boston hotel room scene. Lindsay, Mindi Esala reminds us how La Bute’s interesting script can really bite. Her prosecutorial-like cross-examination got Guy off his feet and earned him a punishment worth the sins.
Guy’s truncated journey before his marriage was interesting and a life lesson for freelance daters. The actors projected themselves quite well and looked believable. Lighting was excellence though the hotel room settings lacked distinction. The rooms looked the same and didn’t offer the sense of location change. In general, the performance wasn’t a Broadway caliber but fair entertaining. Mindi Esala, Lindsey acted remarkably and audience applauded.
Some Girl(s) , performed at The College of St. Scholastica, began with a slideshow introducing the characters. Then, the story of Guy, played by Pat Bigauouette, unfolded in front of the audience. His motives were discovered as he met with each of the women from his past. Each audience member could connect with at least one of the characters in this play.
The setting was realistic, and looked like a hotel room – from the floors to the walls and the furniture. The floor was painted like the carpet you may see at a hotel, and the dressers looked like the ones you see, but rarely use, during your stay. They even had the complementary snacks and drinks available.
This kind of setting allowed for creative scene changes. The crew dressed like people who maintain real hotel rooms. Since all hotel rooms look similar, it didn’t take much to change the room to a completely different one across the country. The bed was in two pieces which could easily be pushed together or slid apart to change the layout of the room. Changing the bedspread, wall hanging, and replacing the drinks was all it took to effectively change the scenery.
There were slides playing with music during the scene changes. This was distracting and took the audience out of the imaginary world the characters lived in and brought us back to the real world. It made it hard to stay focused on the story.
The first scene with Guy and Sam, played by Laura Banken, was a little awkward. Banken did not seem comfortable on stage and it showed in her character. When she was mad it wasn’t apparent through her facial expressions. There was a still a smile showing through on her face while she yelled. It was hard to tell if she was being serious or not.
The next few scenes improved, and they helped the audience get to know Guy a little better. It showed that in his past, he wasn’t a very great boyfriend, quickly moving on from girl to girl. He visited three more exes that he had done wrong. The first being Tyler, played by Sasha Howell, was on the wild side. Her pink hair, ripped pants, and carefree lifestyle made this clear. She seemed to be more relaxed on stage which made her character more believable. During this scene, Tyler smoked a cigarette on stage. This also added to the character she portrayed, however it seemed unnecessary. The smell filled the theatre, which was distracting for those who didn’t like it.
Next came Lindsay, played by Mindi Esala. She played the cheating wife. During this scene, the lighting was realistic. When the actors went to the window to open and close the “shades”, the lights went on and off correspondingly.
In the final scene, Guy visited Bobbi, played by Alicia Roles. This scene brought a twist to the story. When Bobbi revealed Guy’s hidden microphone it proved that he was only there for business. The audience suspected this through most of the play leading up to this, but that moment proved it.
The ending left the audience hanging. Guy told Bobbi that he loved her, but minutes later called up his fiancé to profess his love to her as well. It was up to the audience to fill in the blanks and decide who he was being true to – Bobbi, his fiance, or nobody at all. He could have really loved one of those girls, his fiancé could just be the woman he was with until the next one comes along, or he could be faking his love for her in order to get another story to make money on. We will never know.
This was a realistic play that nearly everybody could relate to. We all have that relationship that went wrong or know someone who is more worried about their career than other people. What the story seemed to say was that both men and women make mistakes in relationships and they deal with them in different ways. Some Girl(s) was a success.
The phenomenal play Some Girl(s) shown on December, 8th in St. Scholastica Theater, gave the whole audiences a big pleasure with the disclosure of secret of four ladies and a man, Guy. Some girl(s) starts with the appearance of a guy sitting down and waiting for a lady who held secrets which he had have been keeping in memories. Four ladies he wanted to talk with in hotel rooms in four cities had their own histories of love affair with him. Throughout the play, the guy kept saying that every single lady he was with was meaningful and there always were reasons to break up. Although the audiences had no chance to find out whether Guy was really telling the truth about the past emotions or not, they still had a chance to know what story Guy and the four ladies had in the past.
Neli LaBute ,the playwright of Some Girl(s), showed lovers’ stories of a so-called ‘real world’ by which means that no matter how one tries to bury one’s secret for whatever reasons, such as encountering new lovers or upcoming marriage, the memories never fade away easily throughout their whole life. There were two choices, which LaBute might have tried to suggest in the story for those inevitable moments of encountering new love, which were either flight or fight. The choice Guy made was confronting it. Waiting for his upcoming marriage to the ‘some girl,’ he made a risky decision to meet the four lovers, Sam, Tyler, Lindsay, and Bobbi living in the four different cities to talk about their relationship. Their past did not always seem pretty. Sam was dumped by the guy because of another girl; Tyler was consistently recalling good memories with the guy in spite of the existence of his future wife; Lindsay tried to emotionally hurt Guy for her own compensation for the painful past relationship with Guy; and Bobbi caught him recording their conversation about their past. Such ugly truths that LaBute described in the play were what made the story to be heard very life-like.
It seemed that the members involved in the production put effort on how to make each story shown distinctively from one another. As Some Girl(s) had four stories, it was directed by four directors and one directed each story. Also the costume each girl was wearing was representing the characteristics or intention of each character. Sam’s common wear showed her situation of being married and having kids, Tyler’s pink hair showed her way of life to pursue joy and Lindsay’s red code showed her intention to seduce Guy. The effort to make each story independent directed the audiences’ focus on each girl’s personal story, not on the plot. Such an approach in producing Some Girl(s) went well in that the girl’s story might be seen relevant to each other but at the same time they were arguing for their own satisfaction to make up the flaw of their history.
In short, Some Girl(s) was such a daring play that showed how people get along and what the costs were to move on to another relationship. It certainly is worthy play to go to see because it has an interesting story and the interesting way of telling the story.
Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute was a show that lacked excitement, creativity, and reason. The show started off slow, and stayed that way the entire play. From the lackluster set to the awkward actors, this show was unimpressive to say the least.
The first scene began with the main character, Guy (Pat Bigauette) and an ex-girlfriend Sam (Laura Banken). Both actors seemed like they did not have any chemistry with each other, making it feel like they were just reading straight from the script. Banken, more noticeably, seemed to be lacking confidence and enthusiasm the entire scene. The set was forgettable, a simple hotel room with no signs indicating it was a in Seattle.
The second scene featured Guy and Tyler (Sasha Howell). Tyler was the typical rocker bad girl. Howell did significantly better than Banken, showing much more emotion and enthusiasm. Howell played Tyler's part very well. She brought some comedy to the play with her raunchy sexual advances which made the play a little more exciting. The set was basically the exact same, other than the beds being separated rather than together. One sound effect used was supposed to be running water, but instead sounded like a garden hose at full blast filling up a bucket. Tyler's cigarette was one prop that brought the audience closer to the action. Again, nothing on the set made you believe they were in Chicago.
After intermission, the plot would for sure get more exciting right? Wrong, more of the same as the previous two scenes. This time, Guy was visiting ex-girlfriend Lindsay (Mindi Esala). Esala played her character better than Banken but not as well as Howell. Her costume did help her appearance match that of an older lady. At the end of the scene, when she left Guy on the bed rather than doing what she said, was a bit confusing. One special effect that was impressive was the closing of the shades. This really helped add some credibility to the set.
Finally, the last scene. Bobbi (Alicia Roles) was the ex-girlfriend this time. Expecting some kind of big climax, the only sort of climax the entire play was Bobbi finding Guy's microphone. Exciting... not. Roles played her part the best out of all the actors. She showed great enthusiasm and portrayed lots of emotion. The set, supposedly in Los Angeles, was the exact same set as the hotel room in Seattle. The scene ends with Guy calling his fiance and telling her that he loves her.
Overall, this was a very forgettable play. Bigaouette was definitely not the right man to play Guy. The entire play, he had awkward hand motions that looked like he was trying to grab something off the floor. An actor with much more masculinity should have been cast as Guy. The set was extremely boring with no creativity and there was no apparent plot the entire play. St. Scholastica was really unsuccessful with this play.
When you first meet him he looks like a well off young man who seems like he has all the right intentions but as time wears on you might be a little skewed of your first impressions. Some girls was a play put on by the St. Scholastica Theatre Program and it was a very interesting kind of play. The play started off with Guy (Pat Bigaouette) in a hotel room waiting for a women to arrive. You then find out that he is waiting for his ex girlfriend to tell her some very interesting news. The whole play consists of 4 different hotel rooms in 4 different cities across the US and in every city there is a new girl that Guy has wronged in some way. As the play progresses you can’t really tell if he is sincere for the girls that he has come to see or what his intentions are because the character that the actor is playing is so weird and socially awkward with the girls it’s hard for the audience to get a feel as to what this guy is doing. It was hard to really catch on to what the intentions of the paly were because a clear view as to what the plot was for the whole play but at the end you can kind of see what Guy’s intentions were when he gets a phone call from some women, but on the phone he is talking as if it was his girlfriend or his new fiancé like he had been telling all of the other girls but you couldn’t really tell who the mysterious phone call girl was.
The dynamics that made this play were very good on the other hand. The setting and props that were used to portray the different hotel rooms were all very good in that they all looked like they could be found in a hotel room. There was excellent use of the space that they had in moving the bed apart and together again to have two twin beds or to have one big bed in the room and everything about the settings looked right and very realistic.
The lighting in the production was ok at best as in there was never anything that really caught my eye in the lighting of the play. The thing that I remember the most about lighting was when in one of the hotel rooms one of the girls was looking out of a window and the lighting did a good job at showing the window light that would be coming in if she would be standing in front of a real window. The lighting was very basic in this play which could have been the goal of the lighting designers to just keep it simple and lit up.
The sound in this play was a lot like the lighting in that it was very simple and you couldn’t really notice it throughout the production. There weren’t very many times when the sound was supposed to be noticeable because the play was mostly dialect between the characters, but when they projected their voices it was very easy to detect what the actor was saying because of the small space that the play was held in.
The acting and portraying of the characters in this play was very confusing at moments but in other instances there were spurs of brilliance coming from the actors. Pat Bigaouette played the role of Guy, a man who is going to different cities to right his wrongs on girl friends of the past. This threw me off because the character seemed timid and awkward with his words and the people surrounding him so the actor did a good job of making that happen but the emotion of the actor was a little off. The female actor that stood out the most was Bobbi played by Alicia Roles, in that she had the most believable and interesting character other than Guy. The final scene was a great argument between the two of them and it was very realistic. Bobbi is very confused and mad and showing all of these emotions at once toward Guy and Alicia Roles portrays them very well. Over all the acting in this play was pretty believable in that the characters in this play could very well be real people with that very same problem but having it happen all of those times in the same ways are a little different.
This play was missing a few key elements that if they would have been in the play it could have made a huge difference in the overall performance of the actors and the overall outcome of the play. This play did not affect me in many ways but it could probably hit home to some people that go to see it and see them selves in the play.
Some Girls, written by Neil LaBute, was St. Scholastica’s play of choice to end the fall semester. The plot of this play revolves around a conniving man who is trying to gain forgiveness from past lovers he has wronged in order to write a story. The play was directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy. It was well directed for the most part however some parts were choppy and others dragged on a bit. The play began in an unordinary manner. The lights were killed and an unexpected slideshow began which introduced the main actors as well as the setting. The set consisted of end tables, a picture which was alternated to show change in location, a mini fridge, and a massive bed with lamps on either side. These elements combined to resemble a common hotel room.
The cast appeared hurried and unprepared from the start. One actress even came on stage to fetch a prop that she had forgotten and even after returning back stage she was forced to come back and shut the closet in order for the performance to begin. The play began in Seattle; here we were introduced to Guy, played by Pat Biaouette, who at first impression seems smooth and friendly. He was in Seattle in order to meet up with the first of his four girlfriends, Sam, played by Laura Banken. Although it was obvious what was occurring in the conversation both cast members appeared nervous and lacked confidence. Each actor would hurry through their lines and there was no flow in the conversation. It created somewhat of an awkward atmosphere. There was a moment when water spilled on the bed which completely threw them out of character and made it hard for them to refocus. The following scene brought Guy to Chicago in order to meet with his second ex Tyler, played by Sasha Howell. Here Pat started to regain his confidence on the stage, which in turn enhanced his delivery. By intermission the plot was vague and the audience seemed to be losing interest.
When the play commenced once again Guy had traveled to Boston in order to see Lindsay, played by Mindi Esala. The props of choice here were cigarettes, although they added to the realism of the performance some of the audience seemed disturbed. After talking to Lindsay, Guy traveled to talk to his last ex Bobbi, played by Alecia Rolls. The actors lacked a cohesiveness which made the scene choppy once again at times causing their lines to interfere with another and Rolls seemed to be straining as she spoke uncomfortably loud. Guy confesses his love for Bobbi however at this time it is apparent that he will say anything for instant gratification. By now the audience was viewing Guy as a snake and whatever respect he started with is gone. The entire cast seemed rushed and slightly unprepared throughout the play however I can’t say that I wasn’t entertained. As far as the technical aspects go the lighting crew was able to create the feel of the sun coming in through a hotel window which enhanced the scenery. There was also good synchronization between the cast closing the curtains and the lights dropping. In the end the play was entertaining but it was obvious that with more time the cast could have worked out a few kinks.
Love, lies, passion, betrayal, and one narcissistic arrogant man. These are only few of the words to describe Some Girl(s), by Neil La Bute and directed by Amanda Lmberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy.
The visuals were pretty good and along with the storyline realistic. They did a good job being able to transition between sences but the transition kind of took away from the story and became distracting. The way the play was introduced with the slide shows was a pretty unique twist.
Along with the visuals being realistic the play it self was very realistic, anyone around the world could put themselves into one of the characters shoes. Whether they are the narcissistic arrogant man that Guy (the main character) portrayed, the scorned women or any person in general who holds a grudge from high school like Sam, the person who goes off of sexual desires to cover hurt or disappointment like Tyler, or the hopless love stuck girl like Lidnesy. There are also people who could relate to Bobbie, able to call people out on their wrongs, see right through the lover who decieved them.
The fact the audience could relate to the storyline and the characters is what made this play. With out that element this play defiantly would not have been as affective.
Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute and performed by the College of Saint Scholastica is a story about a writer traveling around making amends with his exgirlfriends. It began with a slideshow of credits similar to the opening credits in a film. At first this seemed really unusual, but the slides featuring cool graphics of all the locations of the play alongside the actors names sort of helped set a mood for the play. Although I dont think this kind of technique would work in many other theatre productions, it was pulled off well here.
Directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy, scene one opens on our main character Guy, played by Pat Bigaouette, meeting up with the first of the four exgirlfriends he visits. It took me awhile to realise that Guy was more of a macho man, because Bigaouette seemed really awkward and shy at times. The dialogue was rough for the first two minutes or so, some parts just got awkward and clunky. But once Sam, played by Laura Banken, started getting angry and more emotional, the back and fourth dialogue seemed much smoother and realistic. Scene Two with Tyler, played by Sasha Howell, was definately my favorite part of the performance. Every f bomb from this punk rock chick sent the crowd roaring with laughter. Its also at this point in the play where we start to figure out a little more about Guy and his motivations behind traveling to see all his exgirlfriends. Its here where Guy's character really starts to take shape. Scene three, with Mindi Esala playing Lindsay, followed in the same rhythm with light humor as we learn more and more about Guy's true nature. Scene four culminated with Guy meeting up with Bobbi in Los Angeles. Alicia Roles did a particularly excellent job during this performance toward the end when she ultimately refused to forgive Guy. In the end, Guy professes his love for Bobbi, and not two minutes later does the same to his finace over the phone. This was a really interesting play because when it begins, we really like Guy, or at least we want to like Guy.But through each scene we see a little more of his true nature, and by the end we see he shows no remorse for what hes done, and this was really all just for show for his book. By the end, we really dislike the main character Guy.
The set was simple, a hotel room for all four scenes. The little scenery changes like changing the picture on the wall or splitting the queen into two twins was a nice touch and really helped keep the play feeling real. The lighting for the play was kept simple which was good. There were a few issues with the sounds, like when they used the bathroom faucet for a glass of water, the sound effect was really loud.
Overall I'd say this was a pretty good performance of Some Girl(s) done by the College of Saint Scholastica. Despite a few fudged lines and quirks, all the actors put on an outstanding performance last friday evening.
When returning for the second show of the season, Some Girl(s), at the College of St. Scholastica Theater, my hopes for a good show remained dormant, as so far this season it has been mostly edgey theater. Entering into the seating area and getting the first view of the stage it seemed simple enough. A standard hotel room with the bed, generic painting imprints, and even down to the mini-fridge and tray with the coffee maker on it. With further inspection you could notice that the on stage lamps were even plugged into the walls of the scenery, a nice touch to suggest a realistic play. The music before and during the show was more of an alternative pop rock theme which made me feel like this was based towards the younger/middle generational audience.
As the lights lowered and the audience calmed, the attention directed towards the stage and the play began. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of the acting styles of Pat Bigaouette, who played the main character named Guy. His style seemed to come off more like he was nervous of the lines than if he was nervous about the coming events he had planned. During Act I, Guy (Pat) met up with his earliest flame back in Seattle named Sam (Laura Banken), and to me this seemed to be the weakest act in the play, which isn’t a good start to any. For some reason the lines just seemed to be read instead of acted from Sam (Laura) who just didn’t show much emotion.
After Seattle, the lights dimmed and the scenery changed to Chicago. The most noticeable scenery change was the king size bed in the room, had changed over into being two singles, which were simply pushed together in the first place to make it appear to be a king. Other scenery changes were even noticed with some of the lamps being removed and the moving of the mini fridge, even down to a change in paintings. The action started and then entered Tyler (Sasha Howell), a punk rock party girl that hasn’t quite grown up yet, and was well aware of it. Again I felt Guy’s character didn’t portray the nervousness very well and mostly came off quirky. Towards the end of the scene however, he seemed to be hitting the part right.
When the intermission ended we were in Boston, where a saucy Lindsay (Mindi Esala) was the next girl on Guy’s list. This was where the play seemed to get more interesting, and not only because of the adult themed context, but because the acting itself seemed to flow better from both actors. Lighting effects in this scene were comical with the natural colored light shining on stage to show sunlight entering in through pane windows. And when Lindsay shut the curtains, the lights shut off with her to add a comical visual effect.
Ending the play in Los Angeles, Guy comes back to the “one that got away” named Bobbi (Alicia Roles). The slow start ended with a bang in this fiery finale where Guy is confronted with his wrong doings and his secret for his visits is revealed. Strong acting made the argument and pleas seem to come to life like we were watching a real life blow up between an ex couple.
Overall, directing by Shane May, Emily Murphy, and Amanda Imberg were a bit choppy at times, but the end results pulled out a solid show where I feel richer for the experience.
Scene 1. Scene 2. Scene 3. Scene 4. Girl 1. Girl 2. Girl 3. Girl 4. Playwright Neil LaBute goes from scene to scene and from girl to girl in telling his story of Some Girl(s). Some Girl(s) focuses on the character Guy who is going through a crisis in his life. He is going to get married soon and has started to look back on his life and see all of the different relationships that he has messed up on. The four girls that he chooses to see presents a different challenge for Guy to overcome and LaBute gives the audience something different to ponder in each one of Guy’s different encounters.
The first eye catching thing, before the production even started, was the set. It was simple and familiar, something that the audience could relate to. Guy was an interesting man who had many different personalities to him. Yet, the set that was presented was meek and modest, and made to help people ponder what was going to happen.
First there was Sam. She was Guy’s high school fling. The scene was set in Seattle. The director of this scene, Shane May, chose to set the scene in Seattle because of its soft and dreary nature. Sam was the type of character who was a home-body. She married the manager of a grocery store, and ended up as a mother who waited for her children to get home from school every day. This was portrayed in the set of the hotel room. There was one simple king bed in the middle of the room, with a soft baby blue blanket on top of it. It gave off the feeling of being simple and calming but a bit sad at the same time. This was intriguing because you could see how there was a direct correlation to the character of Sam and the way that May chose to set up the hotel room.
Next there was Tyler, played by Sasha Howell, in Chicago. This was a more punkie phase of Guy’s life. You could tell that the director of this scene, Emily Murphy, wanted to add an edgier feeling to the hotel room. The bed was taken apart to create two beds for the characters to interact with. This gave for much more movement around the room, and more playful movements for the characters to make. Tyler, the girl that Guy was seeing at the time, had a funky attitude about her and Murphy was definitely able to portray that in the hotel room that was the scene for their meeting. Murphy really did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the characters relationship and putting it into the scene that she constructed.
Guy’s third girl that he wanted to make amends with was Lindsay, played by Mindi Esala, in Boston. The scene that was set for the meeting of these two characters was much more erotic. Guy and Lindsay’s relationship was an affair. The lights were dimmer in this hotel room, but the director of this scene, Amanda Imberg, added the element of the closing light blinds. In the middle of Guy and Lindsay’s encounter she proposes that they have sex for one final time so that his fiancé can feel the hurt that her husband had to feel. So she goes over to the windows, which are just shining light at the moment, puts her hands on the edge of the light and pulls them shut. Dynamically this was the most interesting and intriguing element of the production. From this you could tell that their relationship was serious and down to business and this interesting light element portrayed that. Also, the bed was put back together to represent a time in their lives where it was just the two of them, and nothing else, in that hotel room.
The final scene setting took place with Guy and Bobbi, played by Alicia Roles, in Los Angeles. This was the most dynamic and vocal scene of the production and it was pleasant to see that the director, May, chose to keep this hotel room very simple. The lighting was calm, the drapes were open, the one painting was hung straight on the wall, and the dressing on the bed were plain tan. You can tell that the relationship between Bobbi and Guy was very serious by the way that she reacted when he came back into her life to try and make things “right”. This is way it was smart for the scene to be very neutral. The emotions were flared very high in this scene between the characters, and it helped that the set was more neutral, so that it didn’t overpower their words.
These different scene elements were what really made Some Girl(s) a memorable production. Not only will the audience remember the character, but they will remember the characters and the emotions that they were giving off, and where all of it was located because of the design elements in this production. The directors were trying to portray different emotions and different parts of Guy’s life in each one of these scenes, and because of the different features that were used in each set the things that they were trying to achieve will be well accomplished. The lighting, set design, and theatrical elements of each individual scene were what truly made this production a success and it will be the reason that so many people remember each event that was portrayed in this story.
St. Scholastica’s production of Some Girl(s) Neil LaBute was dull in comparison to UMD theatre productions. The stage was small and the actors lacked the luster and enthusiasm seen in UMD performances. Overall, the play was mediocre with average acting and a simple yet acceptable setting.
Some Girl(s) often left audience members confused with its lack of direction and the scenes were not done in chronological order in accordance with Guy’s past ex-girlfriends. The play’s main character Guy, Pat Bigaouette, was a man of little moral character and even less remorse as you see his past relationships ranging from cheating to full blown adultery, but always with leaving a trail of broken hearted girls in his wake. The more you learn about Guy the less appealing his character is. Pat did a decent job playing his role of the nervous, flighty ex-boyfriend who was easily influenced by the type of woman he dated, who was always eager to profess his love when he obviously didn’t feel it, but most importantly a man who cares more about his career than his claim of visiting his exes to right past wrongs.
In the first scene, the audience meets Guy’s high school sweetheart Sam, Laura Banken. Sam’s role was the ex who still harbored anger and love for Guy after about 15 years had passed. Her performance was easily forgettable as the play progressed. Both actors seemed nervous and had one or two unscripted interruptions of one another. The scene was rather dull with the most interesting part when Sam opens the door on Guy’s face getting the first reaction from the audience who gasped in surprise.
In scene two, the audience is introduced to Guy’s wild side and his wild ex Tyler, Sasha Howell. This scene got audience members back in to the play as it added some sexual innuendo and comedy to the production. Sasha did a good job playing the ex who enjoyed partying and the risqué aspects of life. She congratulates Guy on his upcoming marriage and then tries to sleep with him, her body language and gestures were well done according to her character. However, her character was a bit exaggerated with her costume choice with the bright pinks, sparkles, stilettos and crazy hair, which made her less believable as a realistic character.
Scene three brings Lindsay, Mindi Esala, to the production. Mindi played a married woman who had an affair with Guy and when they were found out, was left to bare the shame alone when Guy skips town. This scene had an awkward nudity scene where Mindi convinces Guy to sleep with her to make up for hurting her and then leaves him half naked alone in bed. This was supposed to be payback for him leaving her embarrassed, but I think this was lost on the audience and just led to confusion.
The final girl we meet Bobbi, Alicia Roles, brought the most life to the play. Her character was passionate and believable, not falling for Guy’s act of love but personifying a strong independent female. It was good that the play ended with this scene leaving audience members with a sense of closure and relief that Guy does not win out in the end.
The setting for this play was simple. It contained just two basic hotel room set-ups, one with one large bed and the other with two small beds with small variations otherwise. It was simple yet effective not needing much else to add to the production. One thing that added to the production was the lighting made the appearance of sun shining through the hotel windows, which gave the set a more realistic feel. Another interesting feature of the setting was they used a projector before each scene playing images of the city to which it was set in and music as well. This was an original way to bring the audience into the performance by showing them actual photos of the cities where the hotel rooms were and this added to the otherwise simple hotel room setting.
Some Girl(s) was certainly a story to stay with you. Many people could relate and thats why it was such a great performance because it hit home for many audience members. Being betrayed by someone you once loved is something people never forget. This production went from scene to scene, and slowly unraveled the character Guy's life. The playwright Neil LaBute did an excellent job protraying these events and giving the audience something to think about, but it certainly took a while and the events seemed to repeat themselves.
The setting was something that caught my eye almost immediately. It also was extremely easy to relate to. Familiar settings created easy access to personal experiences. It also was odd for the performance to start off with a powerpoint opening, something like that is rare to come by in theatre now a days it seems. The lighting was used well, it was real and it actually seemed like their was time passing outside the windows.
The one thing that held this performance together was the actors. Throughout the play, Guy, was being revealed more and more and was clearly the character to hate. While Bobbi was the character to love, and she tied up the performance interestingly.
Overall, Some Girl(s) was interesting and was a performance that was definitely unique. The only reason this play will be remembered is because its something people go through and many people can relate to. Otherwise it was just a simple story about a man who liked to get tangled with women in the wrong way.
The college of St. Scholastica’s rendition of “Some Girl(s)” was an interesting attempt. Directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy, the play focuses on a man named Guy, played by Pat Bigaouette, and his journey to mend past relationships that he has had with former girlfriends. Throughout the play’s entirety, Guy meets with four past lovers. Each woman is apart of a separate scene in the play. The play is set up in an interesting fashion, the flow of the play’s events was entertaining.
As the play unfolds, the audience learns more and more about Guy’s personality. The audience finds out that he has used past women to help wright his books. With each awkward encounter with women of his past, the audience finds out that he does not usually treat women with respect.
The lighting for the show was well done. Lights were used effectively to highlight funny and serious tones in the show’s content. The lights also helped achieve and enhance the onstage mood, and overall, helped create the theater’s atmosphere. The fade ins and outs seemed to happen a bit too quickly, making the scene changes seem rushed. The fading lights could have been fashioned at a slower pace to achieve the correct mood the rest of the play portrayed.
The set design was another strength of the play. With much of the play set up as a hotel room, the set was adorned with common hotel furniture such as a bed and even a fire escape in the back. The set was minimal, however the designer effectively portrayed the mood without becoming distracting or taking away from the actors on stage.
Although the content was entertaining, the execution was poor. At one point in the show, one of the women forgot her lines twice in the same scene. The performance was awkward and choppy. The performers seemed to shuffle across the stage, not knowing where they were supposed to be. Guy often looked down at the ground, as if he was checking to see if he was standing in the correct spot.
The costumes in the play reflected the wild personalities of the characters on stage. Adorned with bright pink hair, Tyler played by Sasha Howell effectively wore her costume to show of her edgy personality. At one point in the show, aggressive Tyler mounts Guy as she tells him what she thinks. This is just one example of how the women yearn to get back at Guy. The costumes parallel the play’s modern theme and color choices. Although the costumes were well picked, there was a significant wardrobe malfunction. Guy’s first encounter with a past girlfriend is with Sam, played by Laura Banken. Sam’s top portion of her wardrobe appeared to have string or some foreign object dangling from it, which was very distracting.
Another distracting moment in the play occurred when something was spilled on stage. The actors broke character as this happened, and laughed, drawing even more attention to the incident. Because they so easily broke character, one may conclude that they were not deeply involved in the play.
“Some Girl(s)” was a decent effort attempted by St. Scholastica’s theater community. Overall, the weaknesses outweighed the strengths, and the play came across as distracting and choppy.
"Some Girl(s)", a play done by the College of St. Scholastica, was definitely a different experience. There were many pros and cons to this play, with both sides kind of reaching a stalemate at the end.
One pro of this play was that the story itself is an easy one to throw yourself into. The "betrayed lover" concept is one that many young people, and people in general, can relate to on an easy level.
Another large pro of this play would be the great acting. The final scene, between Guy and Bobbi (played by Paul Bigaouette and Alicia Roles, respectively) is one that is especially powerful. The intimate setting in the Los Angeles hotel room really fits the scene. I love how stripped down the backdrop is, for the audience to focus solely on the actors. A move that definitely pays off.
A major con I can bring up about this play would be the PowerPoint opening credits. I know this is a smaller theatre and the budget may not be as big as some of the others I've seen, but I don't understand why they even put it in anyway. It just seems so out of place in a theatre to me. Maybe I'm not thinking outside of the box, but that put me into a bad mood before the acting even started.
Another con of this play was how slow the story moved. As the others before me have said, by the end of Act I, I wasn't even sure where this play was going. This could be, once again, a failure on my part to think outside the box, but I just struggled with this story for most of the play.
"Some Girl(s)" was a play that may frustrate you one minute, and bring you back in the next. It was an interesting view, and I would probably recommend it to somebody, just for the experience. Overall, I would say it was an average play.
The performance of Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute, directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy was different to say the least.
The story is about Guy who goes through his ex girlfriends and make amends in order to write a story about it. Guy is portrayed as an innocent, honest, respectful writer which the audience finds out later, isn't exactly the story. The storyline starts from scratch with a highschool breakup and leading into more adult type themes later on.
The actors did a moderately good job portraying their characters. The addition of real cigarettes and so on helped to set the mood and bring the audience closer to the performance but the acting itself seemed a little on the bland side. It just seemed difficult to believe the actors performance when they were on stage. It just seemed as if they weren't as into it as they should have been.
On the plus side, the performance was well organized where as things occured where they were supposed to and no confusion took place. It was a little awkward though how the performance began with a slideshow introducing the characters. It almost seemed like the beginning credits of a movie and probably could have been gone away with.
All in all, Some Girl(s) was a mediocre performance with a moderately generic storyline. Even though the acting and the putting together of the performance was great, the storyline just wasn't there. It just seemed like every other chick flick you see on tv.
The play, titled Some Girl(s), written by Neil LaBute and directed by Amanda Imberg, Shane May, and Emily Murphy was performed at the college of St. Scholastica. The backbone to the play, as you may guess from the title, deals with the main character whose name is Guy, played by Pat Bigaoutte, as a middle-aged writer about to be hitched who is trying to reconnect with his old girlfriends from his past. Bigaoutte did a good job of portraying a character to be “that guy”, that one who nobody really likes or wants to deal with or be around because as the play progresses you got to know him as more of a hypocrite and womanizer than anything. Guy was trying to help himself out by going back and trying to fix some of the mistakes he had made in the past, but his character just did not seem genuine.
The play was separated into 4 scenes, each based around a different woman he had been with. The scenes on stage reflected the different parts of the country that he was in; Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles. However, each time the set on stage changed to a different hotel room it really was just another generic looking room of what you would expect from a hotel room and did not do much to persuade you that he was in a different part of the country.
The show did offer a handful of different aspects. First off, there was an original opening that had a slideshow come on to introduce all of the characters. Also, in one scene with Guy and one of his wilder exes named Tyler, played by Sasha Howell, they lit a real cigarette and it became quite apparent that a few members of the audience did not feel comfortable with it as they started to cough. Also, the crew members that came on stage in-between scenes to change the set were dressed as housekeepers, which helped add some more originality to the play. Lastly, each of the four scenes had its own director and you could tell that each director tried to add a little different spin to each scene that tried to reflect the women Guy was with and the phase of life he was experiencing.
However, there were a few aspects that also left something to be desired. Both the lighting and sound were very were plain and simple, and did not do much to add to the performance. A lot of it was just very generic and often times went almost unnoticed, which was disappointing.
The overall flow of the play was also questionable. From the start it seemed as if the performers were nervous and did not seem to be completely within their characters. There was also an instance where water was spilled and both performers did not react very professionally and fell out of character. Although, it seemed once they were able to get over their early cold feet and settle down, the acting felt like it became a lot more natural and less forced.
Overall, it was a well written play that had an interesting plot that almost anyone could relate to in one way or another. However, with having 4 different directors, maybe some of the discipline was left to slip through the cracks as the individual performances were not as good as they could’ve been had they been more disciplined.
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