REVIEW: “Election Day” at Restless Artists Theater

Election Day photo at Restless Artists Theater
Image: Jake Steinman.

Restless Artists Theater is introducing its fourth season with the hilarious production of “Election Day.” Brenda is an uptight lawyer dedicated to doing anything to prevent James Clark from becoming the mayor. She runs around like mad putting up posters and passing out flyers, unfortunately neglecting her boyfriend, Adam, in the process.

With no one to help him move into Brenda’s apartment, Adam calls his sister, Cleo, to help him out.

However, Cleo is busy with her own plans this election day. She’s a member of an environmentalist group run by a vegan hippie, Eddy. The two are planning protests and hoping to get the attention of their community.

This rag-tag team of characters come together to produce one of the best comedies in Reno.

The cast only had a short 5 weeks to prepare for the show. While nerves are normal for any live performance, they were really feeling the pressure. Despite this, the performance given by each actor was flawless.

Libby Schigger was able to pull off a ditzy character, Cleo, without coming across as cheesy, and James Miller spewed about the environment passionately without skipping a beat as Eddy. These two characters definitely brought something different to the stage that made the show special.

Another aspect of the production done exceptionally well were the props. From handcuffs to cereal being thrown around, there were lots of details when utilizing props. This was greatly appreciated, because so often in performances props aren’t used in an engaging way and are just distracting. However, each prop added to the scene and all characters were able to interact with them.

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The only flaws in the performance were technical. The music would be a beat or so off and the lights were inconsistent at times. However, this is something I’d hope improves as the show runs.

Restless Artists Theater is starting their fourth season out strong, and seeing a show done this well makes me excited to see what else they have in store. Be sure to go out and catch this show while it’s here. You’ll be glad you did.

The Details

Web: rattheatre.org
Written by: Josh Tobiessen
Directed by: Rachel Steinman

Dates

  • Evening Show Dates: 9/6, 9/7, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21 @ 7:30 PM
  • Matinee Show Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22 @ 2 PM

Tickets

  • $15 online through rattheatre.org or brownpapertickets.com
  • $20 at the door
  • Senior, student, & military discounts available

Cast

  • Sara Mackie as Brenda
  • Tommy Vereen as James Clark
  • James Miller as Eddy
  • Tanner Sebastian as Adam
  • Libby Schipper as Cleo
Kylie Masznicz
About Kylie Masznicz 36 Articles
Kylie Masznicz is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a concentration in writing and minoring in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to one day author a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.

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