Dancing at Lughnasa: Reviewed

The Mundy sisters arrived into town fresh off the boat from the Northwest of Ireland for two showings of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa.’ Part of the ‘On The Rocks’ student-run (and might I add very successful) theatre and arts festival, the Mundy family had some big boots to fill and the sold out Barron theatre eagerly awaited their arrival on stage.

The Sugar Syndrome: Reviewed

The Sugar Syndrome, directed by Tasmin Swanson, is a fundamentally modern play that deals with modern themes. Based around the cyber world of internet chat rooms, the play begins with the introduction of Dani (played by Coco Claxton), a 17 year old girl recovering from anorexia nervosa and a stint in a clinic, who frequently delves into the world of the internet to escape her less than idyllic home life with her mother, Jan (Alexandra Koronkai-Kiss) and frequently absent father. It is through these means that she discovers the deeply insecure, slightly older Lewis (Peter Swallow) and the significantly older, more disturbed Tim (Alex Levine). Through the anonymity presented by the internet, Dani allows Tim to believe she is an eleven-year-old boy. Though Tim is initially alarmed upon seeing and discovering that the pre-pubescent ‘Danny Boy’ is in fact a teenaged girl, the two soon become friends and both agree to support the other throughout their respective issues.

On the Rocks Round-Up

Are you overwhelmed by the choice of events during On the Rocks? Do you have essay deadlines but don't want to miss the best offerings of creative talent? Fear not, as we bring you a select pick of the best in music, art, film, theatre and comedy. 

Bitter Root: Reviewed

Kicking off the On The Rocks festival was the drama Bitter Root written by our very own Joanna Alpern, performed in the Barron Theatre. In my opinion, student written plays are always the most interesting and raw to view and Bitter Root offered the audience a mature and touching piece of theatre. In the director’s notes, Joanna highlights that the play was a reaction to both Mike Leigh’s Grief and the ignorance shown to those families who suffer the loss of someone through suicide. A difficult subject to tackle, yet Alpern allows the themes of flowers and of joy and grief to be shown through all theatrical elements.