A Review of Wonder of the World

Zachary Brown

Staff Reporter

McDaniel Theatre presents another great show in the Studio Theatre with David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World.”

This outrageous comedy follows Cass Harris (Nina Minadakis) as she leaves her husband, Kip (Brady Eisenberg), for mysterious reasons and embarks on a journey to find herself, which leads her to Niagra Falls, where she meets some of the craziest people along the way. These include Lois (Britt Burr), a suicidal alcoholic with a barrel, Carla and Glenn (Alissa Beckett and Stephen Lariviere), an elderly couple of private eyes, and Captain Mike (Paul Griffin) of the Maid of the Mist. Even the McShane sextuplets (Julia Williams) make appearances throughout Cass’ stay in Niagra.

Megan McCargish, a freshman Theatre Arts Major and Understudy for the show excitedly said, “even though I wasn’t actually in the play, it was my first McDaniel production, and I am very proud of it. It is awesome and hilarious.”

The energy of the actors was tangible, spilling into the audience, who were on the edge of their seats, if not buckled over in laughter, throughout the entire show. The raw comedy played well into the young audience. With two working turntables, among many other special effects, no one could possibly claim boredom.

“The show was crazy and all of the actors were phenomenal… the special effects were really cool too!” said usher and audience member, Amy Zipkin.

What is more enjoyable than a night of raucous laughter in the theatre, especially with the superb talent and hysterics of such a wonderful production? As senior Julia Williams says, “it was a lot of fun, it took a lot of work, and a lot of stress, but we have had so much fun, and having an audience to share it with is the greatest fun of it all.”