Everything is about sex, but what comes after?
The first ever student production of Mark Cantan’s ‘Jezebel’ was a 90 minute comedy producing laughter from every corner of the Drama Barn. A story about sex, Jezebel begins with two different storylines, the first one with Alan (Sam Zak) and Robin (Britt Borkan), and the second with Jezebel (Anna Mawn). Director Polly Jordan used her talent to capture the awkward elements in sex and romance; the audience enjoying the humourous and quirky dialogues exchanged between Alan and Robin, and the open relationship developed between them. Jezebel, on the other hand, was struggling to find anyone to involve with romantically. Although Alan and Robin are perfect for each other, their frustrating sex life have led them to explore other alternatives; as Alan brought up the idea of having a threesome, Robin gladly agreed. This is where Jezebel crosses paths with Alan and Robin. With all other potential options not seeming to pan out, Alan turns to Jezebel, who readily accepts the proposal. Perhaps the most hilarious and embarrassing scene of the play occurs where all three characters have their problem temporarily solved in Alan’s bedroom. But what price did that night come at?
The cast was limited to three actors and this size allowed them to develop a unique stage chemistry that ran through the play. Mawn masters Jezebel’s psyche perfectly, her role involving talking to dozens of invisible characters; a role she delivered masterfully. Zak’s performance seemed a little too forced at the beginning – with slight over-acting – but he was still able to produce the greatest laughter from the audience. Britt’s performance seemed the most natural; her serene performance was delivered gracefully which didn’t for a moment lose any of the humour tied to her hilarious body language.
Some of the scenes tended to decelerate this fast paced, comedy and in my opinion could’ve been shortened, especially during the opening first 15 minutes where all characters stories are unfolding. The rapid dialogues were overwhelming at first but later became a highlight of the play especially when the plot twists sharply. The invisible personas that were featured in the play, particularly that of Julia, a friend of Jezebel who is constantly being mentioned but played no part in the story, seemed to generate confusion. The minimal setup of the stage keeps the focus of the audience wholly on the trio which overall I found very entertaining. This play, showing at the drama barn, is an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes of your evening and is worth seeing. Walking out, I noticed the performers had left everyone with smiles on our faces. Apart from smiles and fond memories, the play left me with a question to think about – ‘what could have come after sex?’