Saxon Theater Performs Dark Comedy: Reckless
Reckless by Craig Lucas is a unique and hilarious dark comedy that is put on by a seven person cast with performances on March 7, 8, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Rose Auditorium. It is student directed by Hunter Miller ’21 and Yanna Bute ’19. There is a PG-13 rating for mild language, violence, and mature themes. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
The play takes place on Christmas Eve when the main character Rachel is panicking because her husband Tom has hired a professional assassin to murder her. She runs away and gets help from a stranger and his wife. All the characters seem to be living a double life and have dark secrets.
The cast has been hard at work at rehearsals since early January. At the start of rehearsals, they often warm-up with various theater games. Brian Tackman ’22, who plays the roles of Tom and Timko, came up with an interesting game to play during rehearsal.
“I introduced the cast to a new game we played called Whisky Mixers, and almost everyone was messing up and hardly anybody could get it right,” Tackman said. “Eventually, we’ve all got it down, but it’s so funny when someone walks in and sees us speaking kind of a foreign language made out of tongue-twisters.”
Hallah Herb ’20 enjoys playing the extroverted protagonist Rachel, who is very different from her usual quiet self. She decided to audition, after reading the play over her summer break.
“My favorite scene is probably the game-show scene,” Herb said. “There is a scene where all of the characters go on this game show called Your Mother or Your Wife, and compete while pretending to be each other’s mother, wife, etc. It is a really weird and bizarre, high-energy scene.”
Erin Lucio ’19 is the stage manager, who oversees all of the technical aspects of the show. The technical elements had to be finished quickly due to numerous snow days. Despite this struggle, the show has blue and cool lighting and various arty set designs.
“I personally really like the set design because there’s a lot of painting done, that a lot of people have put work into,” Lucio said. “I am excited to see how the lighting design ends up being, because lighting is one of my favorite elements of theater.”
Reckless is an equally funny and heartbreaking play that features various murders and counseling sessions. The technical crew and cast create a groundbreaking performance.