‘Hummingbird’ soars with surprisingly dramatic plot

Carissa Bowlin

Trevor Williams, sophomore architecture major, and Greg Linkous of Kent listen as Ed Borowy’s character talks about a girl he knows in the play “The Hummingbird.” All performances are at the Kent Stage beginning at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 to 3.

Credit: Ben Breier

The Hummingbird

Where? Kent Stage

When? Sept. 1 to 3

How much? $10

Stater rating (out of four): ***1/2


The outcome of a situation can change through the tiniest variation.

This butterfly, or rather Hummingbird effect, ties into Scott C. Wilson’s “The Hummingbird,” a play packed with real life controversy.

This is a play that can get to you.

Dabbling in infidelity, homelessness, drugs and depression, “The Hummingbird” wastes no time with the small stuff.

“This is a pretty serious show,” said director Mary Ann Costa. “It deals with some really heavy social issues in society. Even though there are some comic lines, it’s nothing to take lightly.”

Wilson’s play doesn’t allow the audience a chance to breathe until the show is over.

“This is not a wussy play,” said Kent State student co-director Carmel Clavin. ”It is very emotional; it uses very strong language. This one’s not for the kids.”

Even with such strong issues, there are situations in the play that relate to what students deal with everyday.

The first twist is how characters come together and affect each other in scary ways. The second twist is how their lives affect each other.

“You know these people and you can connect,” said Clavin. “Antonio’s (the bakery in the play) reminds me of Susan’s in Kent.”

What brings the play closer to home is the fact that most of the cast graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School.

The lives of “The Hummingbird’s” characters intertwine in such a manner that students might just might want to hold off on the latest movie until next weekend.

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