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Latenite Spring Anthology delivers sexy, funny entertainment

The annual Latenite Spring Anthology had students howling in laughter with a parade of lively shorts. This semester’s anthology featured eight skits, each inventive and outrageously funny.

Latenite Theatre was created in 1995 by a group of English and drama and theatre arts majors as a platform for out-of-the-box short productions. Performed in the Lerner Black Box Theater this past weekend, each of this semester’s skits had its own specific twist, a memorable moment when the exaggerated setting and characters were hilariously subverted.

In one short titled “Escaped Monkey,” an unseen screeching monkey was gunned down by two police officers played by Adam Alpert, CC ’19, and Alex Saltiel, CC ’18. The audience was already laughing at the ridiculous enthusiasm with which the two officers used their pretend firearms, but the real kick to the gut was when the Man in the Yellow Hat, played by Ben LaZebnik, CC ’18, walked through the audience asking if anyone had seen Curious George.

At times the actors even had to repeat themselves after being drowned out by the laughter of the audience. This happened most in a short called “Daddy,” which featured an extremely open, even incestous family. The father, played by Nathaniel Jameson, CC ’18, delivered excellent deadpan humor, visibly resisting the urge to burst into tears from laughter himself.

The set quickly and quietly changed between skits, as actors carted supplies on and off stage; as soon as the lights came on, the actors jumped into their roles. The blatant violation of the fourth wall added to the good vibe. The props and costumes were perfectly situated for each performance, never feeling uninspired or cheap.

An instance of perfect costume design came from “Lady Macbeth.” The title character, played by Devin Hammond, BC ’20, walked onto the stage in flowing

Article source: https://www.columbiaspectator.com/arts-and-entertainment/2018/04/16/latenite-spring-anthology-delivers-sexy-funny-entertainment/

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