TheatreWorks opens year with brilliant show

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Photo by Maria Martin

Written by Brenna Bochenek, Production Editor

With a title like Suite Surrender, the first TheatreWorks play was poised and ready to kick off the year with a bang. Set in 1942 at the Palm Beach Royale Hotel in Florida, Suite Surrender is based on two rival divas who are set to perform at the same benefit show hosted by the hotel. Claudia McFadden (junior Kylie Rose), and Athena Sinclair (senior Jenny Nitzky) have a history filled with hatred and are notorious for causing chaos whenever they come in contact.

The dueling divas both want to stay in the same hotel suite, much to the dismay of the staff. They must go out of their way to make sure that the two stars are unaware of the other’s presence entirely. Hotel Manager Mr. Dunlap (senior Jeff Sayki) all but loses his mind trying to meet the conflicting demands of the two stars.

This production featured an incredibly amusing script and fast-paced plot that never failed to keep the audience entertained. By far the best aspect of the play was the actors’ impressive comedic timing. From witty interjections, to people popping onstage at just the right moment, the timing of this play was spot on.

As expected, the performances given by the two celebrities were over the top. Both Nitzky and Rose were spectacular as opposing forces and couldn’t have portrayed star-studded celebrities better. Another great performance was senior Ross Wheeless as Mr. Pippet, Claudia McFadden’s secretary. It was hilarious to see him interact with Rose’s demanding character.

If you didn’t get the chance to see Suite Surrender, you missed out on a truly fantastic show. However, you shouldn’t feel bad for missing out because there’s definitely plenty more where this play came from. If Suite Surrender was any indication of how school plays will be in the future, then I can’t wait to see what else TheatreWorks has in store.