Sun. Jan 16th, 2022

The second play featured in repertory by the West Chester University Theatre, “Dimly Perceived Threats to the System,” was very different from its partner, “The Twelfth Night.” The play, directed by Bob E. Bytnar, ran from April 1 through April 7. “Dimly Perceived” is the story of a dysfunctional American family in the 1990’s, and the many struggles and conflicts they encounter in everyday life. The Hauser family is made up of Marlys (Megan Pisors), Josh (Chris Plough), and Christine (Laura Giknis). Throughout the play, the characters struggle with the darkest fears and secrets about their future and each other. Fantasy and reality overlap frequently, and they conflict to create a world of constant confusion and insecurity. The characters deal with many of the problems facing modern families in this society, including work-related stress, extramarital affairs, eating problems, lack of communication and even gang involvement.

The star of the performance was Laura Giknis in her role of Christine Hauser. Her “Avril Lavigne” punk-rock style, vulgar language and poor eating habits, coupled with her desire for unconditional love from her parents, created a character that so desired to be tough, but was really a lonely, scared child. Giknis acted this role excellently, complete with the typical eye-rolling and indignant snorting of any teenager.

Also, the dynamics between Mr. and Mrs. Hauser created a realistic portrayal of a marriage in crisis. Plough and Pisors were both funny and touching in their roles, and the scene that showed how the first fell in love was particularly moving.

Other characters in the play included Josh Hauser’s producer, Megan Lone (Angela Riccetti), the school therapist, Mr. Sykes (Robert Gussoni) and Dr. Grey (Zoi Gianneas). These characters, and their relationships with the various members of the Hauser family, helped to further define the character’s personalities and their family as a whole.

In general, the play was a focus on the American family and the roles and dynamics of family members. It was an accurate, if not vaguely frightening, portrayal of modern society. “Dimly Perceived Threats to the System” was funny and entertaining, while still conveying an important message.

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