Photo by John Saddic
The Curious Savage by Interboro High School in Prospect Park, PA
November 20, 2019
Review submitted by Senta Johnson of Sun Valley High School
Interboro High School left audiences enraptured with their production of The Curious Savage.
This John Patrick comedy follows the widowed Mrs. Savage, whose noble intentions to donate her husband’s fortune are resented by her stepchildren. They commit her to a sanitorium called “The Cloisters,” where Mrs. Savage finds a true family bond from the hospitality of the guests. The Curious Savage captures the virtues of kindness in a world motivated by greed.
Talent was evident from every member of the cast and crew. With each scene overflowing with expertise and authenticity, there was never a dull moment. The commitment and energy from the company brought this 1950’s story to life.
It is the characters that make this comedy work, and this cast excelled at creating ones that were humorous and endearing. Center stage as the brutally honest Mrs. Savage was Bailey Rose Collington, who portrayed this character with comedic expertise. Accompanying her, the peculiar residents of the sanatorium were played remarkably by a group of fine thespians. Franchesca Parker as the animated Fairy May and Conner Shaffer as the quirky Hannibal were especially captivating. As an ensemble, the guests were a crowd favorite.
As the antagonistic Savage family, Ryan McGinley, Connor Wiseley, and Charlotte Relyea did a superb job creating despicable characters and admirable performances. Other standouts include Sarah Frank and Daniel McDougald as the neutral, hospitable staff. Each line and mannerism from the entire cast was executed flawlessly and effortlessly.
Drawing in their audience was The Curious Publicity Crew. Their program designs and promotional displays were more than exceptional. While their work was not on stage, it is still worth much applause.
The Curious Savage is a timeless comedy with an indispensable message that is sure to warm the hearts of every audience member. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this excellent performance at Interboro High School.
Review submitted by Jolie Jaffe of Agnes Irwin School
Though greed can often overpower feelings of contentment, there is no doubt that love can drive a person to make difficult decisions. Interboro High School brought these problems to life in their production of The Curious Savage.
John Patrick’s play tells the story of an elderly widow put in a sanitorium by her family after she is left ten million dollars by her husband. The patients at The Cloisters become Mrs. Savage’s true family when she realizes her children are only motivated by their greed. As she sends her family on a wild goose chase, she realizes that the most important families don’t have to be biologically related. This 1950s play chronicles themes of love, greed, and friendship.
The cast and crew did a fantastic job of creating a charming environment of The Cloisters and captivating the audience. Throughout the three-act play, there was not a single dull moment. The show ran very smoothly without any technical problems or awkward pauses. This show was fast-paced, witty, and thought-provoking.
Bailey Rose Collington brought a complex portrayal of Mrs. Savage, the clever woman who would do anything to protect her friends. Collington was able to be brutally honest, and still portray a lovable character. She commanded the stage and led the show without overpowering any other actors.
Collington was joined by the guests of The Cloisters, a dynamic and comedic group of actors. Franchesca Parker perfected her comedic timing for a curious and loveable portrayal of Fairy May. Thomas Bosch represented one of the more normal characters of The Cloisters, without being overshadowed by the other actors. The audience easily empathized with Bosch’s portrayal of Jeffrey. The astonishing Aaliyah Michael took on the demanding task of conveying feelings without communicating in the role of Mrs. Paddy. The audience felt moved by her performance, and she never stopped acting.
The cast was supported by a set that created a tight-knit atmosphere of The Cloisters, and costumes that reflected the 1950s aesthetic. The marketing and publicity team did a great job of designing a logo that fit the charming theme and time of the play.
Interboro High School’s production of The Curious Savage was impressive and entertaining. Although these actors have never lived through the 1950s, they managed to make the issues and sentiments of the time just as relevant as if they had.