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Cadence’s Performance in “Ridiculous by Proxy”

The play Cadence and her High School One-Act team performed last night is called “Ridiculous By Proxy”, an absurd comedy that takes on society’s innate fear of the unknown through scenarios that illustrate the lengths to which people will go in order to avoid the latest threat to their health, whether it is real or imagined. Led by the politician played by Cadence, the characters attempt to find solutions to their problems through increasingly ridiculous measures. Each scenario ratchets up the comedic tempo with novel and absurd ways of avoiding “the disease of the day.” As an audience member, we laugh recognizing a little of ourselves in the citizens of our imagined state as they grow ever more desperate to avoid a disease with no name, no symptoms and no known treatment. The media reports every detail of the plague lurking around the corner even while they have to guess at the identity, the effects and the real importance of this new infection. Meanwhile, the politician continues with assurances that every precaution has been taken and a cure is on its way as soon as they figure out what to call the new virus. The concept of a manufactured health crisis is the perfect vehicle to illustrate our cultural gullibility when it comes to medicine, disease and our predisposition for panic and irrational reaction when it comes to our well-being. The audience will ultimately decide whether the cure we find is for the disease or for the ridiculous responses by the citizens. The one-act team did an amazing job, they are always so impressive to watch. My parents and sister joined Keith, Alexis and I for the show and we everyone really liked it. Can’t wait for the next one <3

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  1. Hello, current middle/high school theatre teacher here. I noticed that you enjoyed this play and that you wrote a review to it in January of 2020. I am considering this play this season but I would like your take on whether this would be something to produce in the Covid era. I want to have some lighthearted fun about COVID but I am not familiar enough with the script to decide whether it is an appropriate show for a population that has heightened cautions regarding the virus. Depending on your response I will order the play and put it up to the class to decide! Thank you for your time!

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