BY ANASTASIA MONTAVON
Actors and Crew of ‘The Best of Everything’ Put On a Good Show
From April 10-12 and 16-18, St. Norbert College Theatre will be performing “The Best of Everything,” based on the novel by Rona Jaffe. The play takes place in the 1950s and is about secretaries at a publishing company, who want to have successful careers, husbands and children.
For the most part, the story was good. The characters were lively, interesting and had their own personalities. It’s easy to walk away from the play and remember what made each character different from the others. For the most part, each character is well-written and they have intriguing story arches. The actors do a great job bringing the characters to life, especially Samantha Kolb ’17, as Caroline Bender, Emma Ferguson ’18, as Ms. Farrow and Logan Thomas ’16, as Mr. Shalimar. All in all, there were great performances by everyone.
However, the story seemed rushed. As the plot progresses, the play seems to move faster and faster. Key moments happen . . . and that’s it. It really feels like more time could be spent on some of scenes. The ending also feels very abrupt. In a way, it’s a nice wrap on Ms. Bender’s story. It’s open-ended, which isn’t a bad thing, but it happens suddenly. Like there’s an extra scene or even an extra few lines that were forgotten.
The set for the play was also really well done. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the theatre and it’s impressive. There’s an elevated walkway, with bookshelves built into the side and a staircase. In addition, there’s also an assortment of 1950s posters that really establish the 50s aesthetic. There are a few other details that are really nice as well, but I won’t spoil everything.
The music played throughout the production is really on point. It fuels the 50s themes and aids the story, without taking too much of the attention. The lighting was also used nicely. It helped take advantage of flashbacks and monologues.
Overall, the comedy is on point, well written and well performed. The show is an entertaining experience and I recommend it. Yes, there is room for improvement, but not enough that it takes away from the show.