Boston Marriage closed April 13.
The show, put on by the Warehouse Theater, is about two lesbians living together with their silly maid at the turn of the century and all of the mischief they cause. Boston Marriage proved a big hit with audiences.
Theater seniors Courtney Desko and Carolyn Kern and freshman Lydia Miller enjoyed the experience tremendously.
“I was happy to have Boston Marriage as my last show, partially because it challenged me in so many ways, from discipline to character study,” Kern said. “I loved it because I spend the time being around all of my friends, which made the final show special.”
Director, Mariah Lee, senior theater major, has repeatedly said she is glad this was her last show at Stephens.
“As an actor it was a great experience to have the chance to direct before entering the industry because I got to see first hand what it really is like on the other side of the table,” Lee said. “Also, the process was really a group venture because the cast was talented, easy to work with and got along beautifully.”
Kern was pleased with the experience of working with a student director.
“Working with a student director wasn’t extremely challenging or difficult,” Kern said.
“Mariah was great. What makes it easier are the days you go in and say, ‘This isn’t my friend right now, this is my director,’ because it keeps you focused on your task at hand,” Kern said. “On days I didn’t come in with that mentality, I was unfocused.”
This piece was particularly challenging for the two lead actresses, Kern and Desko, as it had very difficult language and was written in a very specific style, which is particular to David Mamet.
“I’m not sure if I hope to do more projects like Boston Marriage after graduation,” Kern said. “And by that, I really mean I don’t want to do Mamet again. I’m down for a challenge, but ‘Mamet Speak’ is so challenging and drives you nuts.”
Challenges and all, Boston Marriage was a great final show for theater seniors, and a good way to start the career of the younger students involved.