September 29, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 3

'Uncommon women' on an uncommon stage

The cast of “Uncommon Women and Others” rehearsing

The cast of “Uncommon Women and Others” rehearsing

The Niagara University theatre production Uncommon Women and Others will be held at Under the Taps in Lower Lower level Gallagher. The play's stories and message are ones perfectly suited to being performed smackdab in the middle of Niagara University's student union.

Written by Wendy Wasserstein, the show takes place in 1978 and follows a group of friends as they reminisce about their time in college six years prior. The main story of the play takes place in the present, however flashbacks are interspersed. It is a feminist play and the entire cast consists of women accept for one member. The male character acts as a narrator and is only a voice-over in the script. However, in this production the man gets a bit more face time.

Director Kate LoConti says the show is a slice-of-life piece. She likes the fact that it is not in a typical stage setting (thereby making it a found space piece), and that it is the theatre infi ltrating your space rather than you coming to us.

Almost everyone involved in the show agreed that the most compelling reason to come see it is the agelessness of the timeline. LoConti is sure that when you strip away the timeline (of the '70s), you see the problems they face are the same as the ones that today's students do.

Actresses Caitlin Holland and Sarah Jessie say, We're still going through all the drama “ we just wear different clothes.

The spectrum of women is wide and it will be hard not to see yourself in this play, if you're a man or a woman, says actress Maura Nolan. Her character sits directly in the middle of the array that spans from a stereotypical Susie Homemaker to the ultra-feminist that is all about the new movement in her world.

Why does the cast think NU students should come to see their show? One, it is an all-female cast, which in the theatre world, is rather rare, and therefore interesting to watch. Two: it is generally perceived to be very relevant, regardless of the time period. Everything the characters face is something that a college student would still fi nd themselves face-to-face with now.

And what's the best reason, according to director LoConti? Peanut butter and Fluff crackers will be served, because they are in the script. If that is not a good enough reason to come see a production at NU, these uncommon women can't think of one.

All students of Niagara University are able to get one free ticket to each theatre production throughout the school year.

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