BY: JACK RADACK AND HENRY COHEN, CONTRIBUTORS
Photo by: Will Hamlin, Staff Photographer
“I wouldn’t touch your butt with a ten-foot pole,” says Samuel, the one and only Bar Mitzvah Boy of the Wilson One Acts. The One Acts are a Wilson tradition, a combination of experienced and amateur acting in the form of ten short plays. The One Acts give Wilson students an opportunity to test the waters in drama, without fully diving into the deep end.
Duncan Fitzgerald, a sophomore and a rookie of theatre, played Nelson in The Spot. Duncan, who just started acting this year, said, “It wasn’t much of a time commitment. There was rehearsal about once or twice a week, except the week of performances. Then it was every day. It was a lot of fun and all of the plays are hilarious. All of the people are cool and it’s pretty laid back.”
At each of the five performances, ten plays were performed. Performances were the first and second weekends of February. Originally six performances were planned, but one was canceled and some dates were moved due to the recent influx of snow.
Some acts were particular crowd pleasers. Bar Mitzvah Boy, starring junior Charlie Feller and freshman Mati Cano as awkward pre-teens dancing at a Bar Mitzvah, received roars of laughter. Feller, cross-dressing as Stacey, and Cano as Samuel Jacob Goldstein Rosenbaum, had a bagel and lox-esque chemistry. Stacey’s sassiness and Samuel’s pre-adolescent chutzpah combined to demonstrate the truisms of the classic bar mitzvah in Wilson’s very own Black Box Theater. As Feller put it, “A sexually-frustrated Bar Mitzvah Boy charms his way into the heart of his crush, Stacey.”
Another crowd favorite, Controlling Interest, took a business perspective to the cootie-filled, booger-flicking, Lunchable-eating childhood decisions of four eight-year-old boys. The decision to begin “liking” girls came about at an orderly clubhouse meeting, led by leader Jack (sophomore Michael Bayliss). By the end of the play, the other boys come to terms with the fact that they are interested in girls, especially what is underneath Ashley’s (junior Suzy Carnevali-Doan) shirt.
Though many of the plays were comical and relaxed, some were more sophisticated. One such show was Words, Words, Words. This act featured three monkeys who work on typewriters towards the ultimate goal of writing Hamlet.
“The play is very well-written and thoughtful, with several references and allusions to famous literature throughout,” said Ben Topa, who played one of the monkeys. “However, these references were subtle and sophisticated, and much of the audience did not get them. The show was also less blatantly comedic than other shows, which may have contradicted the expectations of some audience members.”
Overall, One Acts was a success this year. Anyone who enjoys doing in-class skits, telling jokes, or trying new things, is encouraged to participate in future One Acts. An anonymous source said in reference to not making the One Acts this year, “I’ll get ‘em next year! I had a great time just auditioning and reading the scripts. I would highly recommend it.”