Out of the Frying Pan by Interboro High School in Prospect Park, PA
December 5th, 2017
Review submitted by Trinity Pike of Upper Merion Area High School.
Three women. Three men. One apartment. Murder. These ingredients are a recipe for disaster. In Out of the Frying Pan, Interboro High School skillfully combined them all with hilarious consequences.
The 1941 comedy by Francis Swann showcases the struggles of young actors striving to succeed in the entertainment industry. Since fierce competition prevents them from landing jobs, six prospective performers share one brownstone. As they attend countless auditions, toil through low-paying jobs, and spy on the producer downstairs through a hole in the floor, the roommates develop a compelling friendship. When they stage a murder for the Broadway executive, everything goes haywire.
Together, Interboro’s ensemble crafted a convincing camaraderie. Buzzing with energy, the actors humorously portrayed the lively atmosphere of a shared apartment. Frantically scurrying to hide evidence and motioning secretly to each other in the background, the versatile group added details to each scene, even if they were not the main focus. Simple but well-executed, technical aspects effectively framed the story.
Daniel Previti (Norman Reese) excellently characterized the hard-working, hopeful head of the household. Expressing his perspective from head to toe, he balanced casual charm with solemn sincerity. Eliciting this emotional depth was love interest Aryonna Orth (Dottie Coburn), the group’s oblivious airhead. Orth conveyed naiveté with humor and nuance. The smart, strong duo of Malin DiGuglielmo and Bailey Collington (Marge Benson and Kate Ault) boldly conveyed their opinions with great body language. The gruff demeanor of Wyatt McDevitt (George Bodell) and youthful optimism of Ryan McGinley (Tony Dennison) made the bunch even more eclectic and entertaining.
The elderly landlady, Rachel Suga (Mrs. Garnet), stood out with her over-the-top acting and unique character voice, eliciting laughs as she extraordinarily misunderstood almost every situation. Unfortunately victim to her shameless flirtation, producer Amir Herradi (Arthur Kenny), was also a standout. The aloof executive naturally transitioned from sardonic to sympathetic. Dottie’s friend, Franchesca Parker (Muriel Foster) surprised many with her physical acting. Intoxicated, she realistically stumbled across the stage. Overall, comedic timing was excellent, though some jokes were lost due to poor delivery. But as the play carried on, the actors relaxed and improved their performance, letting their chemistry shine.
Adding even more details to the cast’s characterization, Interboro Hair and Makeup Crew gave each of the actors their own distinctive look. From Kate’s bold lip to Dottie’s natural makeup to Garnett’s bright blue eyeshadow, appearances matched each individual’s charm. Courtney Floyd, Gharrett Marr, and company swiftly set the stage for each scene. The Interboro Sound Crew timed mics just as gracefully. While lighting changes were minimal, Interboro, EnLIGHTened executed them with poise.
The play may have been “Mostly Murder,” but the cast and crew brought much more to the table. Interboro High School’s production of Out of the Frying Pan was a captivating comedy.
Review submitted by Juliana Denick of Upper Merion Area High School
The cast and crew of Interboro High School’s recent performance of Out of The Frying Pan was on fire!
The show revolves around six aspiring actors, who live together in New York City in the 1940s. They live above a big-name Broadway producer, and try everything to get him into their apartment to watch them perform, and to hopefully get their big breaks. Hilarity ensues when friends come to visit, rent is due, and romances form, making all three acts impossible to forget!
Overall, the production was very well done. The cast had great energy throughout the entire play, and it never wavered once. The main cast had amazing chemistry, especially Ryan McGinley, who played Tony, and Malin DiGuglielmo, who played Marge. Their secret marriage felt real, and when the two were together on-stage, the audience was transfixed. On a similar note, Daniel Previti, who portrayed Norman, and Aryonna Orth, who played Dottie, showed the sweet side of hiding their true feelings for each other. All six of the apartment group felt incredibly believable, and the audience truly was transported to New York City.
The supporting cast was not to be missed, either. Franchesca Parker (Muriel) played the adorable best friend of Dottie who drops in for a visit. Her use of physical comedy throughout the second act made the audience shriek with laughter, and she had great chemistry with Rachel Suga (Mrs. Garnet), who had the audience in stitches. Suga’s incredible comedic timing in every scene created an atmosphere of comedy that every actor on stage benefitted from. Finally, Amir Herradi’s portrayal of the big-shot producer Mr. Kenny was terrific. His ramblings about how to make various dishes, especially his gumbo, were convincing and thoroughly entertaining.
From a technical point of view, Out of The Frying Pan was fantastic. The Interboro EnLIGHTened crew never missed a cue, keeping the lighting consistent. Coupled with the sound crew’s mastery of the microphones, the audience never missed a beat of the fast-paced show.
Make sure that you make your way into the audience, because Out of The Frying Pan at Interboro High School is not one to miss!