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Brethren Christian presents the audience with a delightfully self-aware frolic


2009-12-07 12:18:29

Dazzling, gaudy costume jewelry, fake afro hairstyles, and the comedic genius of a 17th century Frenchman come together in a whirlwind of disco lights and 1970's chart-toppers in Brethren Christian's production of Moliere's "Scapin." A tale of trickery, lost love and retribution, "Scapin" follows the exploits of two households. Despite the play's 17th century origins, artistic liberty places the setting of the show in the 1970s.

Leading the ensemble is Scapin (Keegan Lund), a sly servant who uses his wit and powers of persuasion to con his master and assist two love-struck young men. Lund's natural stage presence and wry humor grounds the production and provides a good counter to the otherwise over the top, slapstick humor of the other characters. Lund's sarcastic, witty barbs and asides cut through the exaggerated physical movements of his companion Sylvestre (Joey Shope) and round out the comedic spectrum of the show especially when convincing Sylvestre to dress up like a barbaric thug.

Portraying the lovesick Octave is Patrick Quinn. Quinn provides a hilarious performance, complete with melodramatic physicality and impeccable disco dance moves. Crowning Quinn's performance is a contrived exterior of manliness and chivalry, demonstrated by his dramatic proclamations of love towards his darling Hyacinth (Katharyn Stong) and wild facial expressions that convey the depths of his passion.

Providing a similarly humorous performance is Kelsey Coleman, playing Zerbinette. Combining an over the top effervescence, a cheerleading uniform, and a screeching laugh just abrasive enough to be wildly entertaining, Coleman crafts a delightfully ditsy character. Coleman's mastery of her character's oblivious nature is demonstrated nicely by her animated and derogatory rendition of a tale about the idiotic actions of Geronte, even though Signore Geronte is her sole audience member.

Though he is not the main focus of the production, Shawn Southard is the glue that holds it together. Besides providing live sound through the guise of George the DJ, Southard manages all light aspects of the show (with assistance from Colin Wadsworth), in addition to designing and building the set. Southard's crowning achievement was a fully functional water fountain found center stage throughout the entire production, which added a stunningly realistic aspect to the otherwise simple set.

An entertaining production, Brethren Christian's production of "Scapin" presents the audience with a delightfully self aware frolic through the stereotypes of the 1970's, while still retaining the comedic timing and style of its 17th century author.

Taylor Bayles is a senior at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano.

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