Student Work

And Curtain!

Written by Cherry Ngo (Class of 2024)
Photos by Ms. Kravitz

Comedy, romance, drama, and a tale of epic karma was told by the ninth and tenth grade English class, who performed an adaptation of the beloved play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Under the direction of their teacher Ms. Rianne Kravitz, the freshmen and sophomores put on this humorous play, hoping to diminish the stress from AP tests and bring laughter to their audience.

With a great deal of patience and excellent support from both understanding teachers, staff, and families (shoutout to Ms. Kravitz’s husband and Tessa’s mom), the 9th and 10th graders were able to gather their props and costumes, as well as organize their set, in the span of a week. Simultaneously, they frantically rewrote and shortened the original script, which ran for four hours on Broadway.

This DVGS adaptation of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” can be described as imperfect perfection, as the cast’s clumsiness and lack of preparation worked well to captivate the audience and bring rampant laughter to them all. Witty lines and cultural references within the script constantly entertained, and the chaos on stage translated into carefree comedy. A talented and remarkably enthusiastic cast delivered passionate scenes and fully embodied their characters’ personalities to delightful extremes. At the end of the day, it was ensured that everyone left with a smile on their faces.