“Sorry for the leaving you hanging bit; it’s kind of a bad habit of mine.” –Guy
In Neil LaBute’s play Some Girl(s), Guy (Joshua R. Johnson) is a writer on the verge of marriage when he suddenly decides to fly across the country and meet his ex-girlfriends. He says that he wants to “make things right” with all of these women, however he seems to be doing this for his benefit alone.
The Black Box Production for this romantic comedy was simply impressive. All of the elements necessary for a successful performance were attended to professionally and smoothly.
The acting in particular easily garners the most applause. Johnson provides a character that it is difficult to find any sympathy for. His inscrutable demeanor, weaselsish mannerisms and constant self-contradiction work perfectly for portraying a character that sees each woman as just a different toy to play with.
Each of the actresses played their individual roles brilliantly. They made sure to make these women unique in comparison to Guy’s inability to see each one as a special individual. These actresses are Jessa Roberts, Sonja Lynn Nelson, Sara Marie Mills, Madeline Hentges and Callie Frank.
The set and lighting worked together to bring interesting transitions as the entire play takes place in hotel rooms. For transition to new scenes, the lights dim leaving only the table lamps on set lit. Then, the stage crew (dressed as hotel maids) would come in and change the set by, turning the double bed into two singles, bringing in different wall paintings, making the beds, and so on.
Furthermore, the set contained a great deal of detail. Things such as check in/check out signs, hotel pamphlets, fire escape route, and other details were all present.
Two more items are worthy of mention. One: Guy’s habit of going to the mini-fridge to offer a drink for nearly each of his exes emphasizes his formulaic method of interaction with these women. Two: LaBute’s choice of the name Guy is interesting. Just as these women are just “some girls” to Guy, it gives the audience the impression that he is just some guy.
Some Girl(s) is quite entertaining overall and showcases the exceptional talent our drama students possess.