The late Sixties were a volatile time in America with a war
in Vietnam and social revolution here at home, but Jules Feiffer was also able
to see a lot of comedy in the midst of the upheaval with young adults trying to
figure out the new social mores of the times, doing so through the use of 72
skits featuring about 100 of Feiffer’s people. 38 years later, the young adults
of Carlsbad High School time warped his people back into existence for this
one-weekend-only performance. The array of characters and brief scenes that
follow offer several fun little roles for the cast and a mostly entertaining
trip for the audience as they are transported back to a generation searching
for who they are.
Members of that generation include three of the few
recurring parts: Bernard (Russell Johnson) is the philosophizing,
sensitive, lonely guy who leads us off and ends the show as he goes looking for
love and for his identity (beyond his unfortunate name). Huey (Trevor
Taylor) is a hoot as Bernard’s swingin’ ladies man friend who has the
Sixties single scene figured out a little better than Bernard. Adriana
Spencer philosophizes about deep Sixties issues through some amusingly
melodramatic interpretive dancing which she performs to her own original
A sample of other highlights from the show include…
* A young couple (Alex Christopher and David
Martinez) who mark their relationship by various television episodes.
* Superman (Collin McConnell) being brought back down
to earth by the quick-witted woman (Anna Prowant) he saved who finds his
outfit a tad too effeminate.
* A hippy solo striker without a cause (Summer Spiro).
* A guy (David Martinez) whose overly logical
reluctance to join in a street brawl loses him his girlfriend (Sarah Kapp)
to the more exciting Mikael Thomas.
* A more serious moment as a young man (David Martinez)
struggles against conformity while his frightened mother (Colleen O’Connell)
pleads with him to “be a man” by doing what he is told – whether it is right or
* And a classic – a young adult (Russell Johnson)
hiring an older grownup (Marlena Copado) to do all the boring adult
stuff so he can actually enjoy life!
Love, independence, family, art, government, whether to
save the world through mass drops of Reader’s Digest – Feiffer’s
People have a lot of big questions in life to deal with. They might not
find the answers that will be accepted for society as a whole, but they may
each find their own unique little niche that works best for them.
National Youth Theatre
~ Cast ~
Olivia Del Francia
Director: Monica Hall