Hello, theater lovers. If, like me, you enjoy supporting local actors and seeing well-produced shows, then spring 2017 was the season for you here at NVCC. Two shows, opening a week apart, were offered by the Stage Society.
The first, Adam Szymkowicz’s Hearts Like Fists, was the rousing adventure of a troop of women—Katie Steinbacher, Kat Lynch, and Teagan Gavin—protecting their city from the gripping machinations of the mentally disturbed Dr X, played by Chris Varanko. Along the way, the women also helped their newest member, played by Victoria Hicks, navigate the tricky world of maintaining a personal life with a new love, played by Tom Santopietro. They also aided their non-masked, heroic nurse friend, played by Sam Mankowski, as she dealt with unrequited affection and the sting of feeling less than worthwhile.
The creation of this world was both deeply emotional and lighthearted, filled with relatable situations for everyone, especially us superheroes in the audience. I applaud the talented young actors who, at least for two hours at a time, let us know what the world would be like with heroes who push past fear and never let villains of any sort win
The next production was Golden Boy, by Clifford Odets. Set during the Great Depression, this thought-provoking drama concerns the pursuit of money over passion and the price of achieving unexpected fame. Sadly, this also marks the last time Blaise Russo will appear as a student here at NVCC. Judging by the performances this actor has brought to NVCC’s stage, his name will grace marquees from New York to LA in no time; hopefully, he’ll take a lesson from his time as Joe, and not let talent and fame overwhelm him.
When I stopped by to enjoy a night at the theater, the box office had already had a run on tickets, so I, writer supreme and editor-in-chief was wait-listed! This is not a criticism, but an exclamation of how well-received this production was. Full of feeling and thought, the scenes were at times hard to witness without being reminded of some personal tragedy or event. I would write more, but any words I add now would only detract from the experience. You truly had to be there.
To the students, faculty, and supporters of NVCC Stage Society, I want to say how much I look forward to what’s to come. Your dedication to theater is strong, and it speaks volumes. It takes a brave soul to step out of the darkness and bare your heart for the world to see. Bravo!