Theatre’s newest show impacts and entertains

by Vista Kalipa

Hats off to director Jennifer Nostrala and her incredible cast of actors for such a splendid performance of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things.”

This past weekend Theatre Simpson delivered a play that seemed to get everyone talking. The riveting and absolutely stunning performance of senior Karolina Czerwinski as Evelyn was very convincing. This was definitely Czerwinski’s signature role. She took to the role and made it so personal and real that some members of the audience were actually beside themselves with fury.

Evelyn is the type of role that would remind one of the scheming and deceitful characters of Sammy from The Days of Our Lives and Sheila from The Bold and The Beautiful. She is the kind of person that would rip your heart out, throw it on the ground and stomp on it. Once again, Czerwinski-proving herself to be a well-trained actress-delivered the role with implausible dexterity.

Making his debut on a Simpson stage is transfer student James Palmer, who plays the character of a meek and “whipped” Adam. Palmer’s performance was, without doubt, stunning and very well played. Palmer played the character with such proficiency and confidence that he won the hearts of his audience, who felt sorry for him as Evelyn turned him into her own human puppet. Needless to say that Palmer had a good start at Theatre Simpson.

Coming back on Simpson stage is sophomore, Victor May who played the supporting role of Phillip (Adam’s friend). Also in a supporting role is freshman Kristine Wendt. Both May and Wendt’s performances were very well delivered. They were quite comfortable and very confident with themselves. The entire cast was very solid in their portrayals.

Nostrala’s production of LaBute’s work was generally very brilliant and one could tell that the actors and crew put a lot of effort towards the show. The set crew did a good job with the quick set changes and the lights were right on cue, or at least it seemed so. The only glitch, was the loud rock music in-between scenes. To avoid the piercing sound, the volume could have been turned down to an audible level.

If, for some reason, you missed the show this past weekend, you still get another chance to see it this coming weekend. The shows will run at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and concludes with a matinée on Sunday at 1 p.m.