As the community rallies to normal life from the restrictive Covid-19 social distancing protocols, theatre is back again to thrill and delight. On Sunday and Monday, the AUN Theater Club, in collaboration with the English Language and Literature Department, staged a drama presentation that got students chatting and chattering.
Billed as the battle of the sexes, "Man Talk, Woman Talk' did not disappoint. Written by one of Africa's most celebrated playwrights, Professor Ola Rotimi, the plot is as uncomplicated as it is educative – serving a witty cocktail of venerable gender banter with a whiff of logic and comedy. It was a court session, and both sexes spewed accusatory barbs at one another, each gender relying on the power of narration to press their point. Despite an anecdotal familiarity with the 'allegations and counter-allegations", the power delivery and stage zest of the actors and actresses won over the biased audience. The students were brilliant in their acting.
Two males versus a lone female in a court of law should be an uneven contest, but on this night, the "Girl" Chidera Ibe diligently held off the equally outstanding 'Boys" Mihai Zacharia and Tomeno Ezaga. At one heated point, the "Girl" complained that men's brains were misplaced. The "Boy" quipped that since women were created straight out of men, women's brains should also be misplaced. But the "Girl" was unimpressed, pointing out that women were made from men's ribs, not the brain. Never mind, the battle of the sexes has no winner; it is a war without end. The "Judge" John Wogu and "Counsellor" Amarachi Chukwu also gave a good account of themselves. Credit must go to the Director of the play, Dr. Allen Babatunde Bakare and the Stage Manager, Olugbenga Jacobs, for the quality work in talent development and stagecraft.
Reported by our Staff