4:22 p.m., April 22, 2013

Review:

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You said 'Questa' not Katelyn!


Katelyn (Megan Kraushaar) accuses her boyfriend, Andy the walking billboard (Brendon Anderson), of saying the name of the company, not hers, in bed.

Kasey M. Orr, Co-editor

'Billboard' gives life lesson, some laughs

As young people finally go into the world on their own and leave the “protection” of their parents, you’d be hard pressed to find those who didn’t want to get a tattoo. Tattoos are symbols that you have officially taken control of your own body, so to speak.

But what about getting one on the middle of your forehead? Laramie County Community College’s spring play “Billboard” aims to show you just what can happen if you become a human billboard.

“Billboard” does what any good play, film or story should do. It entertains you for its run time and makes you think about its themes hours after the show ends.

“Billboard,” written by Michael Vukadinovich, focuses on the life of Andy, a recent college graduate who, having fallen on hard times, gets paid to tattoo a corporate logo on his forehead. Andy does this without the input of his girlfriend, Katelyn, or best friend Damon.

What ensues in the story is both tragic and comedic as Andy struggles with what happens when we let our complacent.

Directed by LCCC Theatre and Communications Instructor Jason Pasqua, the play tells this somewhat basic premise, to surprisingly great effect.

Play is bigger than it appears

Compared to last spring’s feature of “Mere Mortals,” “Billboard” seems like a lesser effort or story. Yet, somehow the production has a heart and feeling to it that makes it feel bigger than what it appears to be.

Taking place in only one location, with only three characters, the story is perfectly suited for the LCCC Playhouse because of its small size, little separating the sets and audience. The audience feels as though they are right in the middle of what’s happening, and for a play like this, it’s exactly the intimacy it needs.

The play opens as the three characters sit staring at one another, contemplating the fact that Andy, played by Brendan Anderson, has tattooed the logo of the corporate company “Questa” on his forehead. Right away, the audience is dropped into the lives of these characters.

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Don't you see it's genius:


Katelyn (Megan Kraushaar), front-center, looks on as her boyfriend, Andy the walking billboard (Brendon Anderson), tries to explain to their friend Damon (Bo Paulsrud) why he got a company logo tattooed on his forehead.

Kasey M. Orr, Co-editor

Because the play features only three actors, it was extremely important for all to be on top of their games and to be able to hold their own.

Megan Kraushaar, who plays Andy’s girlfriend, Katelyn, is the standout as she turns her anger of this insane tattoo into a semi-constructive art experiment.

Bo Paulsrud, who plays Andy’s liberal best friend Damon, is excellent at adding some much-needed comedy to the story. Overall, all three actors seem to have good chemistry and work well together to bring the audience into the story.

No big laughs

My only serious critique was most of the humor fell flat. While the play did have many funny moments, almost none got as big of a laugh as would be expected. I found myself wanting to laugh, but no one else in attendance seemed like they wanted to. This could most likely be attributed to the low attendance at the first Saturday performance I attended. If the playhouse would have been filled, I feel as if the comedy bits would have been better received.

“Billboard” runs April 24 through the 27 with 7:30 p.m. showings. After the showing April 26, a panel discussion about the play, the production and issues will be held. Admission is $10 for the public and $5 for students.


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