A “Perfect” Evening
Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Katie Beedy
I just got back to my dorm from the opening performance of Perfect Arrangement, the first of two spring plays here at Concordia. The play, a comedy by Topher Payne, is set in 1950– a time when America’s fear of Communists became a fear of any potential security risk, namely moral and sexual deviants. Two of the main characters, Bob Martindale and his secretary Norma Baxter, work with the State Department. The twist? Bob and Norma live in conjoined homes, and are in love with each other’s spouses, Millie and Jim. The arrangement seems to be working perfectly, until Bob is assigned the task of rooting out “security risks” like himself. I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say this: the plot definitely takes some twists.
Payne is a master at writing meaningful content in a way that is simultaneously hilarious and sobering, and the humor of the script (which is often referred to as I Love Lucy-esque) was delivered perfectly by the Cobbers who took the Frances Frazier Comstock Theater stage this evening. I may be a bit biased, considering several cast members are close friends of mine, but I thought the ensemble was assembled perfectly (haha). I didn’t stop laughing until the moment, about ten minutes before the show ended, when I started bawling. I have to give a special shout out to Alicia Auch, one of the most beautiful and talented women I have ever met, and Matt Nelson, the perfect Jim Baxter and the perfect friend.
This show is a perfect reminder of how important theatre is, and I urge you all to go see it. Performances run this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2pm (WHAT A GREAT VALENTINE’S DATE IDEA!)