Sides Split Over Maid to Order

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A scene from Made to Order.  Photo by Lauren Anderle

A scene from Made to Order. Photo by Lauren Anderle

I do not typically give standing ovations for play performances, but this was an exception. Maid to Order was no disappointment, and that was apparent as nearly everyone stood to applaud as the actors took their bows.

From beginning to end, this play entertained! There was slap-stick humor, sarcasm, wit, drama, and even a few of those touching “feel-good” moments. Gotta have at least one of those!

My only complaint was that I occasionally missed a joke or two because I couldn’t hear it over the sound of my own laughter!

I think that the reason I liked it so much was that the ridiculousness just kept coming! Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any more complicated, another character was introduced to the scene with their own story and their own chaos to add to the mix.

Chaos. It was pure, beautiful chaos.

Each character was brilliant.

Julian Narramore, played by David Varney, is the hilarious and spontaneous actor, paying a visit to Mrs. Faith Martin, an old friend. Through a series of hilarious events, he masquerades not only as her husband, but also her maid, causing no small amount of side-splitting laughs.

Carl Martin, played by Dallin Featherstone, was the most relatable character for me; throughout the play, his temper grows to a hilarious crescendo as more mis-read clues point him to conclude that his wife, Faith, is having an affair. The poor man goes into an enraged frenzy, tearing the house apart to find the suspected “other man,” (Julian Narramore) only to repeatedly make a fool of himself.

One of my favorite characters was played by Jasmin Johnson: Aunt Abby, who spends the majority of the play ignorantly believing that Julian is Faith’s husband, and that Carl is only his jealous cousin. Her character played an essential role in the chaos, which I very much enjoyed!

Amy Heimbigner did great as well, as the crazy Miss Speare – the woman who spreads the notion that Faith is cheating with Julian. On opening night, there was a hysterical moment when there was some stage/prop trouble, which Amy handled wonderfully, I have to say. I always love the malfunctions that force actors to improvise, even if they did break character a bit!

I don’t have enough space to tell you how much I loved each and every character and why, so just as a shout-out I want to congratulate everyone who performed – I loved all of your characters, and I appreciate all the hard work you put into this play! It was totally worth seeing, and my roommate thought it was worth seeing twice!

So if you saw it, you already know all of this. If you didn’t, I’m terribly sorry that you missed out! I, for one, will be sure to be at every play from here on out to see this wonderful cast all over again. Can’t wait for the next performance!

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