Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that title correctly. Add in some nudity, and you have all the dirty aspects included in Orville and Wilbur Did it! The New Colony Theater has successfully combined those ingredients. Well, almost successfully.
I admit what drew me in to seeing this play was the allure of the three things mentioned above. When has an experience ever been dull involving these components? I guess sex and nudity go hand-in-hand, but who knows, it could be one of those awkward leave your shirt on moments. I did not even take the time to read more in-depth about the play because it had me at sex, but when I saw it featured Wilbur and Orville Wright, I thought, “Shit, did I really sign up for a historical play?”
Don’t get me wrong, I know history is extremely important, but I wanted action, something to potentially make me uncomfortable in my seat. That never happened, but I, as well as the rest of the audience, spent most of the show cracking up in our seats, some of us uncontrollably. With a red-headed stoner with an afro playing a bird for the children’s aspect and a hyper German boy with irritable bowel syndrome, it is impossible not to get a few laughs in.
The small cast of seven actors took the audience with them across country as they toured for their children’s play also named, Orville and Wilbur Did it! The ultimate dream was reaching New York City where everyone knows all the magic happens when becoming a theater performer is your dream. The real meat of the play comes in the actor’s downtime while they unwind in their hotel rooms.
The hotel scenes are where the audience learns of each character’s vulnerabilities, what is really driving them, and their deep desire for love. The relationships between characters really develop in these scenes, and these are also the moments where sex and drugs come into play. The range of personalities and sexual orientations are what made these characters interesting. No one was like the other, which is probably due to the fact that the characters were actually developed by the actors playing them. This allowed for more passion and genuine interest to come through.
Joey Romaine, playing Pandro, the curly red-head, reminded me too much of Zach Galifianakis with his weird and random inappropriate comments, but on the other hand, he was also the character who got me laughing the most. Morgan McNaught also stole my attention as sassy and sensual Melitta. Her character not only had the most passion for “making it,” but she was the most successful at pulling it off.
Even though I left this play without any deep thoughts, or many thoughts in general, the message of the story became clear at the very end that despite all the lewd humor and sexuality, following our dreams can be a real tough struggle. It forces the reality upon us that not everything is going to work out in the way we hoped, but while we are striving, many positive things can come from an experience.
Even if we don’t finish with the gold medal in the end, we may have still found adventure, love, and friendship. While you may not leave this play being changed in any way, it serves as a reminder for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
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