October 11, 2008

Stop Kiss Review

On October 7th The play Stop Kiss was shown in the Dudley experimental theatre on the UMD campus. The play written by Diana Son premiered on Broadway in 1998. When shown in the Dudley the play was directed by Gina Brown a theatre student at UMD.

The acting in Stop Kiss was done by more UMD students. The two main characters, Sarah and Callie play two friends that come together as friends and then learn that their feelings run deeper than mere friendship. Now when one thinks back to middle school or even high school they can remember when they started to think about relationships, their partners and how they were going to get together. The awkwardness of trying to get out an "I like you do you like me?" kind of phrase but afraid to put it out there so plainly in fear of being shot down. The actors Sarah and Callie had a good grasp of this stage in a relationship. During the walk in scene two grown mature women would have been able to get over the fact that they're not clothed. In the play the artists bring forth the immaturity of their new and brewing relationship. When watching the scene it is hard to not laugh and sort of smile at how juvenile it is. juvenile like when boys would call girls and then hang up the phone because they were scared. Also the characters Callie and Sarah had some goodbye or hello scenes where in a heterosexual relationship it would have been acceptable to hug but the actors made the awkward phase prominent to show the audience that something was brewing. The actors bring the realism to the doubt of both girls who are almost afraid of being lovers. When the two first hug and Callie falls down on the futon and screams into the pillow to show happiness it brings us back to those days of waving at girls and having them wave back. its an excellent feeling. the pitch of her scream was very realistic and wasn't held back a bit which adds to the realism of the performance. In the final scene where the kiss finally happens they show the triumph of feeling finally realized and mutual feelings being expressed. Their feelings of pride are just shown in the actors facial expressions. Its wonderful.

There were perhaps some scenes that were not supposed to be awkward in real life but the acting brought forth a sort of weirdness to it. Now the play does lead towards these feelings being a some what socially taboo subject of homosexuality but some of the parts may have made the audience feel squeamish instead of just identifying with those feelings in that situation. When Sarah walked into Callie's apartment and went in for a kiss and Callie ducked out of the way there was a feeling of like "oh shoot" when it was really just Callie being afraid because George was present. In the scene where Callie was dressing Sarah there was almost a certain hesitation the might have made mixed feelings to the table. The character is trying as hard as she can to show Sarah that she can take care of her but the hesitation shown by the actor almost leads one to believe she wasn't trying as hard as she could.

The character George brings in the comic relief. In his dramatic entrance from the bedroom in his boxers there is excitement and pride bursting from his face. Often from younger men after they score they are the kings of the castle. George strutting out in his boxers was nothing less than a king, facial expressions right on cue. In the scenes where Callie and Sarah go to the expensive restaurant and George is jealous of never going there his face practically turns green with envy. the actor did a great job bringing in the comic relief after some of the detective scenes.

The play made your face depict the classical theatre logo. both though the funny scenes and the serious heart chord pulling scenes. the play was very entertaining and made perspectives reevaluated. the subject of homosexuality is a real thing and needs to be thought about. this play makes this fact more prominent. this play was very entertaining. the acting had a few short falls but was over all excellent for a college production.