At NAU, the theater department is known for producing impressive but sometimes peculiar performances. This month, the theater department is producing a comedy called The School For Lies at the studio theatre on campus.
The School for Lies is a sassy, off-color and modern adaptation of The Misanthrope by Moliere, written by David Ives.
Considered a play full of lies, deceit, power and hypocrisy, Ives’ interpretation of the play still follows the same formula of poking fun at French society as well as modern society.
Kathleen M. McGeever, the director of the play and professor and chair of the theater department, was eager to attend the play.
“It is a raucous, irreverent comedy adapted by one of America’s top comic playwrights,” McGeever said.
Rehearsal began in February, allowing the actors to attend classes and lessons on physical theater, which gave the performers the ability to create unique and distinctive portrayals for their upcoming roles.
Auditions and rehearsals are a major part of the theater process. Meeting numerous days a week in the evenings takes a lot of practice and effort. The rehearsals tend to take a toll on the performers.
Senior theater performance major Jordan Reinhart, who plays a lead character named Frank, describes his character as being very peeved by society — he sees everything around as being boring and lackluster.
“Frank is a role unlike any other I have played,” Reinhart said. “His personality is nothing like mine, but I have definitely been able to include pieces of myself in the character.”
He also notes how much his character begins to change as the play progresses.
Freshman biology major Kishan Bachelor plays the role of Oronte, a character in a major conflict with Frank. Throughout the play, multiple problems culminate with other characters.
“There is so much greed and lying in America, partly because of its capitalistic views,” Bachelor said. “The play shows what happens when people put up facades to keep with the rules that our society has created.”
According to McGeever, this play has a significant message about American culture. Although the original play is a more hypocritical take on French society, Ives’ interpretation follows the same suit, but with a modern American society.
McGeever states how hypocrisy and bullies still exist in the world and are reasons why there are problems and conflicts in our society.
“My mother always said, ‘telling a white lie to save someone’s feelings is sometimes necessary, but telling lies for gain and throwing slander around for malice and greed destroys humanity,’” McGeever said.
In my opinion, this play includes underlying themes and ideas that can overlay into people’s minds and make them think about society as a whole.
This play makes the audience think, instead of merely laughing or crying. The cast’s hard work and determination make for an unforgettable show.
The play will run through Sunday April 26 at the studio theatre.