By Nabeeha Asim, Dominion High School
Concealed feelings of love, loss, marriage, separation of used-to-be lovers, and friendships are all illustrated in the amazing production of “The Women”, held by Justice High School.
The 1936 comedic play, originally written by Clare Boothe Luce, touches base on the feelings of women in the 1930s. Providing a compelling story of lust, love, and, inevitable gossip, that does not include any men, it follows the journey of how a rumor turns into reality, how reality changes within a split second, and how karma takes its toll in between. The play is about a woman named Mary Haines who belongs to a higher social class and, therefore, is portrayed to be oblivious to the chaos around her. She is married and vastly in love with her husband, who is a manipulative cheat. Through the journey of getting to know herself and her true friends, Mary finds that her voice, though at some moments is controlled by the people in her life, is truly her own.
Justice High School did a brilliant job of illustrating the different facades that women plaster on their true selves on a daily basis for their husbands and their families. Justice High did a great job to take the audience back in time and have the characters confide in them. From their scene changes to their hilarious snippets of “girl-fights,” they were enticing to the eye and compelled roaring laughter on that stage. Each personality portrayed was radiant throughout the entire play and had the audience on their toes for the next wisecrack joke.
Natalie Baumeister, who played Mary Haines, did a brilliant job of capturing the emotions that were dealt with throughout the thickening plot. From expressions to ambiance as a whole, Baumeister was able to capture the feeling of a woman and the loss of her love to another woman. The comedic aspects seeping through the character of Sylvia Fowler, who was played by Naomi Bertha, triumphed the crowd and was spectacularly hilarious. A well assigned role that was more brilliantly portrayed through her diction and style of “fast-paced” talking, which replicated the late 30s stylistic habits. Bertha was especially phenomenal within her exercise scene in act one scene five, when she was caught between the ropes of her friendships and gossip.
With supporting actresses such as Countess Flora De Lage, played by Andrea Pedemonte, who was an unforgettable character that blew the room to bits and pieces, the play was simply complete and delightful. With her wit and charm, her brilliant acting was what brought the audience to life. Additionally, The Wolfpack stage crew helped the comedy stand on its own two feet with the uplifting scene changes.
The makeup and costumes were extremely well done and fit every single character’s personality, wit and charm. The ballroom dresses lit up the room and the change of Mary’s outfits before, during, and after her divorce created a beautiful depiction of time and the justice it serves on the mind. The creativity behind the revolving set scene was outstanding and saved a lot of time for the scene changes in general.
Overall, Justice High School created an ingenious atmosphere for a comedic play that rested upon the talk of men and no sign of them at all within their realities. They created room for growth in the mind and left the audience wanting more of that ever-so-lasting laughter.