On Friday night the last Throng Show of the semester took place in Lunt Basement. Cement walls painted dark indigo surrounded rows of black fold up chairs that led to a platform stage backed by a black linen cloth. Various etchings and graffiti scattered the walls and criss-crossing pipes lined the ceiling, creating a gritty and industrial underground ambiance.
At the start of the show seven Haverford students entered the stage and began their first set. A comedy show organized into various vignettes, two show members sat on the fold up chairs in the middle of the stage, introducing the first series of dialogues about various situations involving tents. Four revolving stories interchanged with one another every two minutes, engaging the audience in scenes involving a hilariously portrayed Indian chief and two realistic sounding children. As the tent dialogues came to a close, the Indian chief undertook a comical vignette about his undercover killing fetish. Thanks to his impeccable timing and impersonation, the crowd could not stop laughing.
For the next series of dialogues, the CEO of YouKnow Inc. was welcomed by many salespeople pitching their idiosyncratic and comically underdeveloped ideas. One student introduced the prospect of a combined sports bar and liquor store; he throws up in the middle of his speech but manages to entice the CEO into accepting his offer. Another salesperson brings another idea that the CEO loves as well, kitten candles, also known as, coating a kitten in wax.
As the set continued, another scene covered more sophisticated topics such as sex, war, and illness. A student portraying an old man was overly emotional after attending a christening; he professed his love for his deaf wife who lost her hearing during World War II. He then told her that he would make love to her once again and outlined all of the necessary measures.
Playing the old man, Robby Thompson, HC ’12, certainly impressed the audience with his extremely catchy punch-lines and exuberant persona. His vivacious efforts continued throughout the rest of the show as he appeared in almost every vignette, including a hilarious scene about an old couple settling on 400 million dollars for a 800 thousand dollar home, just because they want to get rid of the money they won from a lottery.
Julie Singer HC ’12 also displayed her comedic talent as an upbeat girl scout attending a meeting in which the Indian chief (the same from earlier in the show) intends to kill. She appeared in a second skit in which she portrayed an overly zealous girl infatuated with a boy she believes is the equivalent of Superman.
With many other comedic sketches, including one in which a babysitter looks after a child possessed by a chicken demon and one in which a one-man girl band unclosets a young man, the audience was constantly shuddering with laughter. For their final show, the Throng troop produced an excellent performance that constantly kept the crowd at the edge of their chairs.