The Rehearsal (2016)
By Livia Peterson
Milwaukee Film provides monthly members screenings. I attended “The Rehearsal” at the Oriental Theatre. The crowded theatre is simply magical as always. With that said, “The Rehearsal” will screen at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival. Heck yes, the members received an awesome sneak peak! This screening caused me to be even more pumped (insert happy dance) to attend the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival in a few weeks.
On the one hand, acting is difficult, fun, and allows one to step out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, it may be easy for conversational folks. I briefly took an acting class and couldn’t tolerate it in spite of the fun and the awesome professor. Nonetheless, attending live theatre performances and motion pictures allows one to realize acting requires guts and stamina.
The freshman student Stanley (James Rolleston) reveals his girlfriend Hannah’s (Kerry Fox) family scandal as the end of the year material at the drama school. Between rehearsals and reunions amongst friends, the result is a silent petition.
Anchored by breathtaking performances, the moderately lifelike narrative is intertwined with trivial character studies among Stanley and Hannah and their friends. I still cared for their characters, but breadth would’ve allowed for sympathy. Everything that came prior to the well executed conclusion doesn’t feel earned. The rehearsals demanded an emotional oomph and hence, the abrupt conclusion lacks astonishment when all is said and done.
Despite a few missed steps during the performance, “The Rehearsal” generates actors and acting appreciation as a whole. A-