Rangeview theater brings its A game to “the Man Who Came to Dinner”

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Hannah Metzger, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Hannah Metzger- The Cast of the Man Who Came to Dinner performs during the second act of opening night. From left to right the actors are Syann Nobel (guest/prisoner), Corben Gertschitz (Mr. Whiteside), Adam Koudsi (Mr. Stanley), Lizzie Stacks (Mrs. Stanley), Kaleb Hacker (Bert Jefferson), Darlenne Guerra (Lorraine Sheldon), and Jakob Lutz (Dr. Bradley).

Banjo, played by Jared Wolfe, laughs as he carries Miss Preen, played by Abbie Knoshaug. Need to add another sentence. (Hannah Metzger)
Banjo (Jared Wolfe) laughs as he carries Miss Preen (Abbie Knoshaug). The play will run again on Friday and Saturday night. (Hannah Metzger)

If you’re not planning on watching the Man Who Came to Dinner, you’re missing out. Rangeview’s most recent comedic

production had the entire audience, including myself, laughing out loud throughout the entire performance.

Last night, Thursday, December 1st, was opening night for the play, the Man Who Came to Dinner. This play was the very first to ever be put on exclusively by Rangeview’s APA straight acting class, and the wonderful performances by each cast member truly displayed the dedication and professionalism of the class as a whole.

“I thought it was amazing,” exclaimed sophomore Donovan Strouse. “Corben Gertschitz, who was the lead, is amazing. You have to go see this show!”

Lorraine, played by Darlenne Guerra, gives a dramatic performance from inside a sarcophagus. Banjo (Jared Wolfe) and Mr. Whiteside (Corben Gertschitz) look on.
Lorraine (Darlenne Guerra) gives a dramatic performance from inside a sarcophagus. Banjo (Jared Wolfe) and Mr. Whiteside (Corben Gertschitz) look on. (Hannah Metzger)

The play follows the story of the Stanley family and Mr. Whiteside, the unexpected guest who turns their lives upside down. Whiteside, played by senior Corben Gertschitz, is a comically rude and selfish man who seemingly makes it his mission to interfere within the personal lives of each and every character.

The play was brilliantly and subtly hilarious while also being very sophisticatedly and professionally executed. The details within each character truly took the audience to another world while holding its interest for the entire performance.

The performances by Gertscghitz, Maddie Heiken (Maggie Cutler), Jakob Lutz (Dr. Bradley), and Jared Wolfe (Banjo) truly stood out and were absolutely brilliant. It was clear that the incredible cast were what made this show so funny and well done.

“The play was great,” said senior Steven Thai. “It was a great balance between humor and the Christmas spirit.”

Mr. Stanley, played by Adam Koudsi, attempts to attack Mr. Whiteside with a chair as his wife (Lizzie Stacks) stands in the way. Whiteside remains unaware. (Hannah Metzger)
Mr. Stanley (Adam Koudsi) attempts to attack Mr. Whiteside with a chair as his wife (Lizzie Stacks) stands in the way. Whiteside remains unaware. (Hannah Metzger)

It appears that the cast was equally satisfied with the show. Gertschitz expressed his satisfaction with the success of opening night.

“I think the show went very well,” said Gertschitz. “Definitely a great turn out with the crowd and, I gotta say, if I could do it again, I definitely would.”

Overall, the Man Who Came to Dinner was excellently done, surprisingly hysterical, and undoubtedly entertaining.

You can still watch the Man Who Came to Dinner tonight and Saturday night at 7:00PM. Prices are $6.00 for students with activities cards, $7.00 for students without and for senior citizens, and $8.00 for adults.