Critique of Parallel Lives

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Critique of Parallel Lives

I viewed Parallel Lives on April 12th 2002 in the Charles Johnson Theatre. Before the show even started I was ready for it to end. A play was the last place I wanted to be on this Friday night. Although promptly at 7:30 the lights went down and the music was turned up.

As I studied the program of the play, I saw "Based on the Kathy and Mo Show", and wondered just who they were. Kathy Najimy co-stared in Sister Act in 1992, and Mo Gaffney has been in a long line of movies and television shows. These two women are behind one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. Parallel Lives is a story of two angels or supreme beings that created the world as we know it today, then look down upon the world to see just how things will work out. The play tackled topics like dating, high school, religion, Shakespeare, and sins of all different kinds.

One aspect of the show I enjoyed was the acting of Kris and Jeff's First date. Having my girlfriend sitting right beside me, it seem like a video of the first time we went out to eat on our first date. Amanda Mallott played the part of Kris, the blonde co-ed, and Rachel Hope played Jeff, the college jock. In this scene the couple encountered different comfortable and very un-comfortable situations like the awkward silence, and Jeff's mind constantly drifting off to unusual topics, at least for a date. Amanda and Rachel are two brilliant young actors. In my opinion, it not only takes talented acting but astounding memorization of every action performed. In each scene these women had to change to completely different characters and have a complete costume change. This play was not easy to perform, because of this.

Another aspect of the show some may have overlooked was the music between each act. There was one thing that never changed every artist played was a women. I heard artist like Madonna, Bjork, Alanis Morisette, among various others. Its not hard to see the reasoning behind this. Because Parallel Lives was written by women and performed entirely by women, its only right having just women artists play between each act. I think it really glued, or connected, the entire play.
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