The first one-act, ‘The Philadelphia’, dealt with metaphysical reality. A distressed man meets a woman in a restaurant and complains that nothing is going his way. She explains to him that he is in a so-called “Philadelphia”, a dimension of reality in which he gets exactly the opposite of what he asks for; she then proceeds to teach him how to successfully order a meal while trapped in a “Philadelphia”. After mastering this, they discover that the woman’s gleeful “Los Angeles” zone has been replaced by her own “Philadelphia”, while the waitress has been stuck in a “Cleveland” all week.
‘Sure Thing’, the second fast-paced play, allows two actors to display a vast amount of versatility, which the actors in this performance did impressively. It illustrated the accidental nature of love by fragmenting the chance encounter of a man and a woman. Each ring of an off-stage bell indicates a variation of the dialogue, building the awkward conversation – as well as the characters’ personality and chemistry – until they finally fall in love.
The plain set – a table and two chairs – utilized for both back-to-back performances enhanced the scripts’ focus on language by forcing the comedic dialogue to the centre of the performance and serving as a reminder that a wonderful production does not require much more than an intelligent script and competent actors. It was encouraging to see so many freshers in the audience; hopefully this performance inspired potential new directors, actors and producers to immerse themselves in the rich theatre life that St Andrews has to offer.
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