The tricks and treats of Halloween may be over, but John Carroll has one last boo left in it before you have to stash your costumes and candy away until next year.
Starting this weekend on Friday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 3, and continuing the weekend after from Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11, the Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theatre Arts is putting on a production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” under the direction of Martin Friedman. Believe it or not, the name is not even close to being the most unique thing about this play. Filled with absurd characters and numerous plot twists, this fast-paced comedy has a little something for everyone to enjoy. What starts out as a typical murder of a maid in a mansion ends up being way more than a live game of Clue; as the plot thickens, the audience is left guessing over and over again just who did it. Senior Brendan Hancock, a seasoned actor who has starred in numerous John Carroll theatre shows, explained, “There isn’t a lot of depth to it or message the audience is supposed to pick up on; it’s just in your face comedy.”
With the stress from classwork accumulating as the end of the semester draws closer, there is no better way to give your noggin a break and enjoy a good laugh with your friends.
Ifa spooky and comedic murder mystery is not enough to intrigue you, another reason this play is going to be one for the records is because it features a lot of new talent.
With the graduation of the previous stage manager Katie Ratajczak, sophomore Robin Weaver had large shoes to fill, but has done so beautifully, with a show that is such a mammoth task to stage. In the cast, there are five freshmen making their college stage debut and proving to the upperclassmen that they can rest easy, knowing “that JCU theatre has a bright future” said Hancock.
For both the cast and crew, new and old, this was a tremendous task to take on because, unlike most plays, there is no real lead; rather it is an ensemble play. With nearly 10 cast members on the stage at all times, it takes a lot of hard work and talent to make the organized chaos flow. It is a great way to showcase everyone’s talent, and the frequent switches will have the audience on the edge of their seats in suspense and laughter at the same time. According to senior Santino
Martinez, another veteran actor, “I feel that we have pulled together, despite busy schedules, to create a very cohesive and exciting show. I consider myself fortunate to have the honor of working with such a talented cast. I hope that everyone comes out to the show for a night of murder and mystery.”