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‘Water by the Spoonful’: average people take each day a ‘spoonful’ at a time

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By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor

Everyone can relate to the ups and downs of life. Everyday people, taking each day like spoonfuls of water when dehydrated, one at a time, and each brings a feeling of momentary relief.

The Actors’ Theatre’s performance of “Water by the Spoonful,” each character experienced growth and drama in the new-age style play, one spoonful at a time.

Last night’s opening performance had over 100 people who laughed and applauded the relatable show.

Varying plots ran simultaneously as diverse characters battled similar, but at the same time, different problems, such as lost love, broken families, and online relationships.

The intent of the show was to speak to the audience naturally, as one of the sub plots was in an online chat room. The characters manifested quickly as the audience watched their intimate conversations come to life.

From a boisterous Puerto Rican family, to recovering crack addicts, to an ex-Marine suffering from flashbacks from Iraq, the characters ranged across the board. The audience could easily find at least one character to identify with, on one level or another.

“This is very current, modern day,” said Jennifer Jelsema, who played Orangutan, on the themes in the play.  “Which is what I like, something that’s very relatable with right now. It’s issues that we deal with on a daily basis…I feel very fortunate because I’ve been able to work with this play for months.”

“Water by the Spoonful” will continue to run at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 through 31 and Feb. 5 through 7 at Spectrum Theater.