The Channel Art Pages | CRITICAL REVIEW
At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, the lights of City College’s Jurkowitz Theater dimmed and the sounds of a football coach rang out, setting the audience up for a training sequence that would surely give listeners a new perspective on word. team.
The group performed “The Wolves”, a contemporary play written by Sarah DeLappe.
This play proved to be unique in many ways as it was made up of small stories that focus on strong young women who go through more than meets the eye. where they discuss a range of topics on exercises and orange slices. Treat issues such as eating disorders, stress and loss.
The game follows a team of nine girls for the indoor soccer team “Wolves,”
Director Sara Rademacher cast a wonderful array of actors to portray each of these voices and created a diverse cast that left the room with laughter and even sympathy.
Number 46, performed by Santa Barbara High School junior Hattie Ugoretz, can’t stop the audience from cracking up. The new clueless girl act provides scenes that are downright awkward and all too familiar to many viewers.
Each of these actors presents a unique character that the audience has connected to in some way. In the end, most of the theater was left in tears by the emotional persistence of these ladies.
The girls’ workout conversations are filled with more than just gossip, weavings in and out of politics, menstrual products, and their personal relationships.
Concentration was difficult during the opening act with the way the characters talked over each other, but it showed the power of natural human communication. As your brain jumps listening to multiple conversations at once, you begin to understand that the characters get older and more interested.
Something I found powerful was the lighting questions and the green grass game. The abrupt changes in scene made it easier to follow and understand the team through their wins and losses.
The audience sat nearby as if watching a football game unfold. Something as simple as this can leave a strong impact when storytelling.
The biggest takeaway was the bonds between these fierce and fearless women and the importance of cherishing each other when they go through tough times.
“The Wolves” will play at City College’s Jurkowitz Theater through April 23.
Wednesday/Thursday night shows and Saturday and Sunday matinees are $24 for general, $19 for seniors and City College staff, and $14 for students. Friday and Saturday nights are $26 for general, $21 for seniors and City College staff, and $17 for students.
Tickets can be purchased on the Drama group on SBCC website or the Garvin Theater box office 805-965-5935.