Two students plays tackle misogynistic themes

SHOCKING SURPRISE – Mary, right, played by Sarah Diaz eavesdrops on Susan's played by Candance Dovie conversation with her husband. C/N Oliver Blanco


By Oliver Blanco

Filled with emotions and convincing acting made Friday’s opening of “Ain’t Nothin’ Good About the Good Ol’ Days” and “Mothers” two plays worth watching.  “Ain’t Nothin’ Good About the Good Ol’ Days,” written by Sonny Rubio and directed by Will Pellegrini opened with an image of “The Andy Griffith Show” projected on the floor of a dark living room.

A bright red light shined on the north side of the stage filling the air with the scent of cigarette.  As the lights filled the scene, Max, played by Mark Anthony Vallejo, sat on a sofa enjoying a glass of wine and a cigarette.

Later Max’s pregnant wife Jackie, played by Sheila Dee, enters the scene.  Jackie asks Max about his work and the women he helps.

Max explains how his field of work has brought order to the life of the women that have been sexually offended.  He continues to explain how it’s the women’s fault for getting sexually offended.

The way they dress, he says, confuses a guy on whether she is asking for attention or not.  Jackie, looking at Max with a confused look, starts an argument on how his logic of women asking to be sexually offended is absurd.

Max, defending his statement, verbally fights backs explaining how women do not have the intelligence to make intelligent decisions and therefore, they need a man for guidance.

Jackie, offended by what Max is saying, counters his argument until they both come face to face.  Jackie, filled with anger, lifts an iron to Max’s face with the intention to hurt him, but stops after hearing the doorbell ring.

Jackie opens the door and greets her friends Emma, played by Elizabeth Hernandez, and Booker, played by Norm Johnson.  Vallejo did an amazing job playing the main character. He caught the viewers eyes throughout the play.

His lack of care and rudeness to Jackie and her company brought the play to life.  Dee did a great job portraying boldness and fear into her character.

WATCH OUT – Susan, left, played by Candance Dovie attempts to kill Mary played by Sarah Diaz after easedroping on Susan's conversation with her husband in the play "Mothers." C/N Oliver Blanco

In a few scenes, she attempts to kill Max, but fails due to her fear of ruining their reputation.  Dee did an amazing job pretending to be pregnant.

She took her time getting from one place to another just like a pregnant woman would.  When Emma and Booker join the scene, Max’s true character is revealed, leaving Jackie with a shocking discovery.

“Mothers” written by Issac Garcia and directed by Rodney Lloyd Scott, opens with a 40-year-old woman sitting on a rocker in a dark area near a large crib.  The woman named Susan was played by Gracie Gilb whom is assessed with her belief that one day she will have a child.

Susan’s husband, who she calls “father,” lives out of town and only visits once a year during Christmas.  One day, Susan notices a family moving into her neighbor’s house across the street.

Mary, played by Sarah Diaz, visits Susan at her house.  They talk about each other’s life, family and children.  Three months after meeting each other, Mary tells Susan that she is pregnant.

Susan, having a plan to have a child one day, tells Mary that she is also pregnant.  As Christmas approaches, Susan grows mad and waits until it’s time to punish Mary for despising the child in her.

Gilb and Dovie did an excellent job portraying a desperate woman seeking a child.  The cast keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the play, their expression and movements giving life to their character.

Diaz did a great job as a California woman seeking entertainment in the new town they moved into.  She pretends not to care about her children and the child she is soon to have.

The play will run next week, Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at P2.


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