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so what happened was...
Posted 5/17/2013
so what had happened was... a review by Margo Ashmore

See this play. Not only to show support for the kids, though that’s a good reason, too. See it because the show is good stuff.

Thirteen Edison students do what teens do best – make noise, laugh, sail through the air, get all up in each others’ business. They do it with precision. Desks move in patterns, dances are tight. Even the timing involved in the sketch from which the title is taken – flawless in a rambunctious sort of way. Each starts to tell a story, but must stop when the next student tags them, and pretty soon, it’s just one tag after another.

The one-hour show, according to director Tom Lloyd, comes completely "from the cast in one way or another. They wrote it, created it through improvisation, talked about it, or did something random in rehearsal that stayed." Lloyd does admit to wrangling cohesion from what might be disagreeing visions into one unified piece.

There are heart-wrenching softly spoken poems sprinkled between the physicalities. And - spoiler alert - a theme repeated only once, but it cinches the show. "Life is like these coins. You never know what you’re going to get. You can spend it however you want, but you can only spend it once."

Spend an hour and a few bucks watching "so what happened was" Friday or Saturday night, May 17 or 18, 7 p.m. at the Edison Auditorium, 700 22nd St. NE. Excerpts will be performed Saturday afternoon May 18 at Sheridan School during Art-A-Whirl, 3 p.m., 1201 University Ave. NE, free.

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