I went to see Oklahoma Christian University’s performance of “Well That Was Awkward” on October 3, 2015 at Judd Theater. It was one of the best performances I have seen at the school and I loved it.
When I got to the theatre I was not expecting a big turnout. Usually plays at the school are not a big attraction, so you can imagine my surprise when nearly every seat was full.
Seth Newman portrayed the narrator Phillip Liss, also known as Phil Liss. I did not see the exact point of having the character there and the screen, which was used to show a presentation at the beginning was a bit distracting.
However, it was an interesting reminder of how things can get awkward when people are giving presentations and how people can have weird names. Newman did a good job sharing the character’s back-story and stutter as if he was nervous.
“Sure Thing” was a fairly realistic perspective about when two people of the opposite sex are meeting for the first time. Luke Swanson as Bill did a great job showing the awkwardness of trying to flirt with a female and Lindsay Robinson as Betty did a great job as the woman who is either interested or not.
It was very impressive how the actors picked right back up after the signal (a bell ring) to start over. The audience was cracking up and Swanson and Robinson gave the correct amount of pause to let them laugh.
“Funeral Parlor” was okay. I expected it to be a tad more humorous since the setting was a funeral and most of those skits are funny, at least on television.
Aimee Vance did a good job playing the widow, Susan, as an annoyed woman who just wants to grieve and for Morgan to go away.
Morgan Lindsay as Morgan, I thought could have done a better job. The performances were mediocre, but they got the audience to laugh and that is what counts.
“The Actor’s Nightmare” was by far the best of the three. Plillip Liss chooses a “random” audience member named George, played by Garrett Marshall, to be in the play. The character did not know the lines or the play for that matter is very lost and confused.
The situation was very humorous and had the audience cracking up. The character often broke the fourth wall, literally talking to the audience, but that is part of what made it so hilarious.
Knowing theatre and how it works I knew they would never pick a random audience member and have he/she go up on stage. I applaud Marshall for keeping the audience in the dark about him being in the show. He was a fantastic actor and the audience loved him.
Aaliyah Crimes did a great job as Meg, very funny. Ellie Haynie did a good job as Sarah Siddons. Solan Scott was fabulous as Ellen Terry. Timothy Sartors was hilarious as Henry Irving, but talked a little too fast. Seth Newman portrayed the Executioner and it was fun to see him portray two roles in the performance.
Some of the parts in this act reminded me of my high school days in theatre class when I would forget a line. Or when I forget about a test, it happens.
Overall the entire performance was great. The audience loved it and I particularly enjoyed it. The performers were great and they seemed to have had a lot of fun. It was one of the best Oklahoma Christian University performances I have seen and I am glad I went.