Couch Potato: Theatre Review


Karly Ortiz, Managing Editor

The curtains swept opened and the lights focused dramatically on what would captivate  the attention of the audience for thirty minutes that night; a couch. This year’s fall production of A Couch Potato enraptured the crowd in a way no one was prepared for. When it comes to the average highschool play, there isn’t much expected, but luckily for us Don Lugo’s Drama Department has no room for average.

During the weekend of the performance the MPR was set to impress, with beautifully setup  tables and lights strung along the walls. For only $15 guests were able to enjoy a dinner-and-a-show experience with a spaghetti meal (including a salad starter, drinks and garlic bread on the side) prepared by culinary students. Who would’ve thought Don Lugo would be capable of serving as date night.

The dinner was fantastic, but the highlight of the meal was by far the servers (made up of the different casts that weren’t preforming that night). They had been trained to tell jokes as they brought out food and drinks, and not only were they hilarious they also set the mood for the even funnier play to come. Not to mention it made them much easier to connect with when it was their night to preform. Having comedy incorporated into the dinner was a nice touch, and kept the theme of the night consistent.

Now onto the most exciting part of the night and this review; the actual play. The performance was the epitome of a crowd pleaser, and was rewarded with laughter and cheers throughout each act. As soon as the curtains opened and Eric (the main character) was spread out across the couch watching TV intently, there was an air of familiarity with the action that seems to captivate high school students so much, and this was recognized by the audience.

The performance had the feel of a sitcom, with audience laughter erupting left and right. There was no cheesy unnatural jokes like most live comedic performances, and this was captured impressively by each cast. Which brings us to those that brought the story to life; the casts.

The White Cast: Edward Lily, Andreia Sales, Olivia Ellis, Jacob Thomas, Ethan Ravenstein.

The Brown Cast: Justin Langunes, Natalie Lambert, Ethan Ravenstein, Jacob Thomas, Krysta Tillet.

The Gold Cast: Aiden Deming, Danielle Ortiz, Natalie Lambert, Jacob Thomas, Ethan Ravenstien.

Directed by: Mrs. Deming.

Mrs. Deming,
Photo Courtesy of Karly Ortiz.

Each of which managed to bring out a different feel to the story line, and added in a little bit of well placed improve. If you weren’t no able to see the production (you missed out), be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming theater performances.