INOLA @ MITF: Behind the Mask

“Behind the Mask” by Annie Pulsipher, directed by John Moriarty; and starring Tony Berner, Nick Sacks, and Ethan Davis Butler.

The audience sees Becky, the school girl, in her uniform on her cellular telephone.  She jumps on her bed as a spoiled brat.  Gary, the masked man, enters her bedroom; but she is clueless to the danger that lurks in her room.  Her mother wants her to wash the dishes.  Becky is not interested in becoming domesticated in her home.  The mood changes in the room when Becky sees the intruder, and she tries courageously to defend herself.  She knocks Gary’s mask off of his face, and she sees him as a handsome young man instead of a threat to her life.  The masked man recognizes that Becky is a hard nut to crack, and he experiences a sudden glitch in his task.  She wants to become involved in sexual activities like most teenagers have done for decades.  Now, Gary acts like a fish out of water, for Becky botches his plans.

Gary tries to discuss his purpose with his supervisor for the botching of his assignment. The tradition of their ancient society to maintain law and order among young people needs to update its rules.  Becky becomes the poster girl for prospective carnal activities, for she gives Gary a verbal prospectus of her intentions.  Through the operation of his society, many teenagers have lost their lives for being promiscuous; but in Becky’s case, her act of defiance brings about a sudden change in which Gary’s society does its business.  Becky discusses her sexuality with Gary, and she gets him to talk about his life and his background in the small town where he grew up. Gary’s father abandoned him and his mother, and his interaction with Becky creates an uncertainty in his spirit.

The society’s modus operandi takes a hit, and Becky wants to expose her promise land cause it what it may.  Becky’s attitude towards her mother’s instructions is not appropriate for a daughter, and she wants to give in to all of the worldly temptation.  Her behavior signifies that of a spoil brat who is rough around the edges.

The writer gets her message across to the audience because there are many unruly teenagers who are disrespectful to their parents.  In Becky’s case, she is already at her maximum in the defiant department; and it will surely take a disaster in her life to bring about some meaningful change.  I will surely recommend this show to theatre goers without any hesitation, and it should be performed at high schools as a scared-straight production.  This will certainly keep America’s teenage girls wholesome throughout their teenage years and beyond.



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