Spring play review: Scary Whispers, Tiny Bites

Zachary Brenner

Staff Writer

One word that describes Scary Whispers, Tiny Bites? Different.

Written and directed by Milken’s own Mr. Robert Menna, play director and theater teacher, this show sets out to be different from any other show in Milken’s play history. The play’s characters and stories were drawn from the Advanced Theater’s Project class two years ago. However, Menna wrote the show himself over the summer.

When I heard that Milken was releasing a horror comedy as the main show this year I was curious to see how it would pan out. The last horror Milken preformed was Sweeney Todd a few years ago.

This play stars Samara Wolpe, who plays a girl named Owen whose parents drop her off at an insane asylum. Samara captured the role very well, especially considering that she is less experienced with Milken plays than some of the other actors and actresses in the show. The other cast members were also very captivating. I could see the months of work that was put into the show. Overall, I was very satisfied with the acting, especially with such hard roles to play.

The script of the play was very witty at many points, but also contained situations that left the audience confused about certain characters in the show. However, all the characters were easy to identify, even though they were all insane. The mysteries of the plot quickly got the attention of the audience. In the end, the murder turns out to be three different characters. Or so we thought. The murder takes off a wig, then a mask to reveal a character played by Aaron Goldstein ’12.  In reality, it was one character with three different personalities.

During the climactic moment, when the audience is waiting for Owen to pull the trigger and shoot her friend, Owen cannot quite convince herself to commit the murder. Personally, I hoped that she would pull the trigger so that we as an audience that she builds up the courage to kill one person in order to save many others.  Well, I guess her not pulling the trigger says something about true friendship also.

In the end, I found myself clapping quite loudly. This show was different than any others I have seen at Milken thus far, and I consider that a good thing.