One Act Plays Woo ESU Audiences at Dale Snow

By Jaimey Strauch (Email Jaimey at
SC Staff Writer

Opening night of the Stage II One Acts had me thinking one thing firs: I hope no one in the audience is afraid of the dark. Valentine’s Day night, Dale Snow Theatre was filled as we all awaited the 2012 production of love-themed, one act plays.

First up was The Wedding Story featuring actors Rebecca Regina, Joey Dougherty and Will Heckler. The “black box,” as the theatre is called, was shrouded in darkness as we waited for the play to begin. The audience began giggling nervously as we waited, wondering if a prank was being played. Finally, with the slam of a book, Heckler as the storyteller began the woeful tale of the bride and groom. Regina and Dougherty may have been decked out in wedding garb, but the story told of the marriage and life together was not a happy and conventional one.

The acting of all three participants was witty and realistic: a perfect antidote for any Valentine’s Day loneliness.

Quickly the small area was transformed by the stage crew, and the second show called F.L.e.X began. Ellyse Burnett and Joey Dougherty took hold of our attention. With faces covered with masks and shirts in a matching bright red, this was no scene to be viewed by innocents. With bright lighting in contrast to the dark, the two young actors erotic words and gestures seemed that much more steamy. It left the girls in the audience fanning their faces with playbooks over Dougherty, and the boys bewitched by Burnett.

The tone switched from erotic to intimate with the third act, Starting Over. Michelle Jones gave a heartbreaking portrayal of Trisha, as Salvatore Caruso played a voice of reason. Their chemistry improved as they stormed throughout the stage yelling at one another, and ultimately succumbing feelings. The writing was heartfelt and moving.

Wrapping up the one acts was The Chocolate Affair. Mary Dennis played a relatable character, Beverly, who wants alone time with that special something we all crave: chocolate and candy. Dennis transforms from looking shamed, to looking like she had found Wonka’s golden ticket. As she throws candy in the air and begins her sinful trip on chocolate, Tyler Whitman takes the stage as Mr. Goodbar. Whitman becomes a bad angel persona. Next was the appearance of Karen Guilliams as M&M taking the role of the good angel. As the two both mock and reassure Beverly, the audience is in a state of continuous laughter.

Overall the show was a success at its opening night, and it will continue to keep audiences wanting more acts of love.