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"Enron" earns lots of laughter, standing ovation

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012

Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 00:10

 

Even though the Enron scandal was serious business, The Erica Starr Theatre was filled with laughter Thursday night. The Sam Houston State University Theatre put on their rendition of “Enron” by Lucy Prebble.

 

“Enron” was not the average telling of the crash, it was funny and semi-allegorical. Some aspects of the company were portrayed by different animals and creatures.

 

Another thing that made this different was the use of dance and singing.  “Enron” is not a musical, although it does have a few singing scenes in it. It had lots of dancing, and the style of dance represented the business men. Any dance that the Enron employees did was slinky and down and dirty.

 

The raptors were an audience favorite. They were people with raptor masks on, that represented the fake “raptor” companies that Enron created. Their characteristics’ were funny as they would cock their heads and peck at their creator, Andy Fastow played by George Garcia.

 

The best allegorical representation of the business world was the blind mice. The blind mice represented the board of Enron. They supposedly have power, but they have no idea what is going.

 

“I thought it was good,” Kristen Newsom sophomore dance major said. “It was directed well.”

 

One of the top scenes was the light-saber one. When the traders were trying to sell to California they turned it into a mission. The Ensemble and Jeffrey Skilling played by J McCain, with light-sabers and proceeded to dance a fight scene of sorts with them. The actors also hummed the Star Wars tune which led the audience to break out in laughter.

 

“There was a lot of energy,” Romney Thomas freshman dance major said. “The actors were really into what they were doing.”

 

Interesting technical aspects of the play were the six projection screens. The play incorporated real life news clips as well as ones that the actors had done themselves. It added a real world aspect to it which was necessary since the play was based on true events.

 

The only problem that seemed to arise was that sometimes the music was two loud when the actors were speaking so some words couldn’t be heard.

 

“Enron” was a great way of telling the inside of what happened in the scandal in a not so boring way. It is a definite must see. If it weren’t for the sound this would get four paws, but due to the technical difficulties we give this play four and a half out of five paws.

 

 It will have three more showings; Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for SHSU students. For tickets call 936-294-1339. 

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