Arts & Life Correspondent
The University Players had its first run of the show “Table Manners” last weekend. The show, directed by The University’s very own Professor Michael Osteen has started the Players season off with a bang.
The show is the first play in the trilogy The Normal Conquests written by Alan Ayckbourn. It follows six characters: Norman, Ruth, Annie, Tom, Reg and Sarah.
The show follows the antics of Norman, who has tried to seduce his wife Ruth’s younger sister, Annie, and take her away for a romantic weekend. Chaos ensues as the rest of this family finds out what is going on between Norman and Annie.
This English comedy takes place in the mid-70’s and is roughly an hour and a half long and kept me laughing from start to finish.
Each character in this show pulls you in and begins to tell the story of this family dynamic.
One strong theme presented in this show is relationships, not only of husband and wife but of siblings as well. Each character gives you chance to fall in love with them. Annie, played by Bridget Kolf seems to be a sweet, slightly frumpy girl who is doing her best to get along.
Norman, played by Corey Kelly, keeps the show light-hearted and balances out the heaviness of some of the other characters. Norman keeps the show rolling with his comedy, while the rest of the characters fight and bicker; he always finds a way to get under someone’s skin and make the audience laugh.
Comic relief is also found in the sarcastic Reg (Micheal Kranick) and the socially awkward Tom (Conor Hurley). The woman of the show Ruth (Brianna Kelley) and Sarah (Megan Lasky) roll with the punches of their male counter parts and gives the show some sass.
This play is definitely a must-see production. You still have a chance to catch this great comedy this weekend.