The OCC Repertory Theatre Company (the Rep) is a production company run by the students of Orange Coast College. They produce shows aimed toward students but are inclusive to all interested in viewing.
The newest show by OCC’s drama department was "Take Five" which showcases five plays that last around five minutes each.
I thought the Rep was insane and wouldn’t have been able to pull this off. I already had reservations about the show being rushed and inconsistent.
The Rep had just wrapped a previous show resulting in only having two weeks to narrow down from hundreds of scripts to the five selected, cast and begin working on the props, stage and lines.
The Rep proved me wrong, they showed me not to doubt their amazing ability. The entire show took me on a ride. I found myself confronted with different real life situations, fairy tales and light hearted comedy.
The night began with “I’m a Gun & I Kill People” by Erik Christian Hansen. The scene was directed by Rick Golson, the theatre arts professor.
This scene was eye-opening to the tragic reality in the world we live in. I personally felt this scene was a great opening to the show and brought to light something, most people try to avoid, which is the uncertain reality of anyone walking on to campus with a gun.
In the blink of an eye, technically one minute or two the scene had changed and we were peering into an interview titled “Weakness Available Upon Request” by Earl T. Roske. This scene is directed by OCC Student Zion Aguilar.
The audience is transported into the fairytale land of superheros, very far from the real life issue in the prior scene. Although this subsequent scene provides comedic relief, it does have in depth meaning for the audience to decipher.
Heading into the half way point was “The Items Forgotten” by Tara Meddaugh, directed by Tyler Del Cont. Continuing with the pattern, we’re shifted to invade the privacy of a married couple.
Next up was “The Author’s Autopsy” by Stacey Lane, directed by Jackson Halphide. This short play allowed an insight to a brilliant mind.
The show is closed with “Dated Humor” by Ken Preuss, the epitome of the dating realities of this generation.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this show. However I did have one complaint. When the show ends and the cast comes out to take the their curtain call, we’re only able to applaud the actors, the technicians who do lighting, sound and stage arrangements stay in their respected areas.
Take Five showcases five five-minute plays for their last show tonight, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Studio and is free to attend, but donations will be accepted.