‘Musical Chairs’ has never been this sexy

By Lauren Reilly
February 12, 2004

Mark Garlit

Sex and deception will flood Cabrini’s campus as students present this spring’s play, Musical Chairs. The full title, “Musical Chairs: A Chance Play In 8 Scenes Of 20” is about the relationships between friends and spouses connected by a common lover.

The play takes place over one week and introduces five characters: Tom, the husband, Anne, his wife, David, his best friend, Karen, his ex-fling, and Melissa, his current mistress.

For the first half of the performance, the actor’s play an actual game of musical chairs to determine which two characters will act in the first scene. The audience then chooses which character continues on, causing one character to be eliminated at the end of each scene. All the characters are brought back into the game for the second half, where the ending is determined by a major decision facing one of the characters in each scene.

The play, which will debut in the last week of March, was originally written by Michael Rock, a well-known teacher, director, performer, and writer. Rock has created a vast amount of works ranging from musicals to children’s theater. Currently, Rock teaches acting and improvisation for The Second City Training Center, Marymount Manhattan College, and The Manhattanville College.

Neal Newman, an English/communications professor and director of the play, had psychologist Sarah Ullman, who specializes in sex addiction and trauma, attend a practice to help the actors perfect their characters. Ullman thinks the story is “brilliant” and believes the actors are doing a great job of accurately depicting the behaviors of “sex addicts.”

There will be 16 performances of “Musical Chairs” and because of the large amount of different possible outcomes, each show will be completely different from the one before. “It’s more fun when you see it twice,” Newman said. Because of this, tickets will cost five dollars for the first show and only 25 cents for additional viewings.

Haven McMickle, a senior psychology major who plays Karen, thinks that students will enjoy the play. McMickle said that audiences will be drawn to this performance because of the influence that they have on the overall result. “It’s very fun play to watch because it changes every time,” McMickle said.

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