Once in A Lifetime

Maggie Flaherty ’20

Chief Features Editor

The Holy Cross Theater department’s performance of “Once in A Lifetime” is a sharp satire that harnesses the magic and grandeur of the early Hollywood era. The show will be performed in the Fenwick theater this weekend.

The play, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, is set in the 1920s when talking movies are beginning their profound and revolutionary impact on Hollywood. The play follows three aspiring Vaudeville performers as they embark on a trip West to try to infiltrate major production studios and capitalize on this brand-new business venture. The play is certainly entertaining, and full of witty pop-culture references and dramatic irony.

The lead trio shines throughout the play. Sophomore Cat Zachary is a stand-out as May Daniels, junior Jacob Applegate is earnest in his portrayal of dim-witted George Lewis, and senior Adam Decoste also puts forth a great performance as May’s fiancee, Jerry Hyland.

Two other notable performances are found in the impeccable comedic timing of junior Noah Mallioux’s role as the movie mogul Herman Glogauer and senior Nora Grimes in her role as socialite and media columnist Helen Hobart.

The trio begins a “school of elocution” to seduce silent movie actors worried about speaking on screen into attending. As the play progresses and May Daniels grows disillusioned with the movie business, Jerry becomes more enamored with it, and their relationship is strained as a result. George falls in love with an untalented young actress named Susan Walker and becomes devoted to her career (but somehow, and I will not give it away, these two become wildly successful. They struck me as the Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin of the 1920s).  The show is full of great performances, and even the ensemble cast shines through with one-liners and other gags.

The play is directed by Professor Steve Vineberg. “Once in a Lifetime” ran this past weekend from April 4-6, and will run this weekend on Thursday April 11, Friday April 12, and Saturday April 13. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Those who wish to see the play before the final curtain call may purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com, at the lobby table in Hogan, or at the Box Office before the show. Tickets are $10 for Holy Cross students and $15 for other community members.

Photos by Steve Vineberg

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