Cappies reviews: A Delightful Quarantine


By Elana Svenningsen

Archbishop Jordan High School

Whoever said that a quarantine had to be bad? Who knew that an alien invasion could be the best thing ever to happen to the citizens of Susqua Creek Acres, Pennsylvania? W.P. Wagner’s production of A Delightful Quarantine proved that perhaps the best way to solve life’s problems is to be confined to one’s house for three days.

A Delightful Quarantine follows the occupants of seven homes, over a three-day quarantine after an alien invasion. Written by Mark Dunn, this show touches on many of life’s hardest aspects — unrequited love, death, and divorce — but with a lighthearted and humorous tone. Each house carries its own storyline, and the characters within must each deal with their own situation, and those with whom they share it.

An incredibly immersive experience, the show began long before the audience members took their seats. The Hazmat Squad ensemble thoroughly cleaned and detoxified each individual upon entrance to the theatre. The squad remained in character throughout the entire night, both in and out of the show.

Amanda Buchner, as the narrator Professor Lucy Fuller, was delightful in every sense of the word. Her role required her to narrate everything that happened around her, as it happened, a difficult task she accomplished with extreme ease. She exuded the air of a respectable professor, all the while maintaining a strong connection with her audience.

The dynamic duo of the widowed Violet and Mavis, played by Megan Prusko and Lauren Beley respectively, stole the show. Their perfectly timed comedic banter, paired with their credibility as elderly widows, left the audience consistently in stitches.

In contrast to the hilarity that ensued from the widows, Peighten Dawson, as Sue, and Jacob Willis, as Dean, brought a more serious side of love to the piece. Willis’s portrayal of a brother’s …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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