Live From New Brunswick, It's Rutgers Night Live!
“Are you sure you want all the loads?” said a secretary in response to two robbers who demanded everything she had at the sperm bank she was working for. The cast of Rutgers Night Live XI caught students and parents alike by surprise after opening the show with their “This Is a Hard-On … Hold Up” skit on Friday, Oct. 2 at Cabaret Theater.
I walked in expecting an event with the Rutgers name on it to have some governance from the institution on its content, but I could not have been any happier that I was wrong. The cast wrote, produced and performed an excellent series of eye-opening, less-than-appropriate skits to entertain the sizable gathering of students and parents who came by to attend their performance.
Kayla Votapek, Cabaret Theater producer and School of Arts and Sciences senior, prides herself in the fact that she is involved with the only Rutgers theater that allows students to write and preform their own content without any interference from the University.
This creative freedom was very evident in Friday night’s performance, considering the numerous sexual innuendoes, warning for inappropriate content and unforgettable opening scene involving the robbery of a sperm bank.
Kimberly Bollard, an actress from the show and a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, expressed her love for crude humor.
"I love making it crude and lude,” Bollard said.
The loud and charismatic cast really seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage, which created a friendly and personable environment for audience members during the show.
Emily Bliss, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore who attended the show, was genuinely impressed with the humor of the show.
"It was pretty creative how they tied in current events and put their own funny spin on it,” she said.
Aside from the humor and sexual gestures, the cast took advantage of their time in the limelight to call attention to some more serious topics.
“The messages were definitely important to the whole cast," Bollard said. "We like to take advantage of our time performing to shed light on some of the more important issues in the world."
In the opening monologue, the students included a comparison of two actresses, both having two very different body types. They pointed out each others features and collectively agreed that they were both indeed beautiful, regardless of their differences.
During the “RNL Weekend Update,” more serious issues were discussed. The main topic of the report was the current state of Planned Parenthood and the bills in Congress relating to the institution. Darth Vader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s little sister, was even kind enough to make an appearance, which was a treat for everyone.
Although the topics were discussed in a comical manner, an impression was made that the Rutgers Night Live cast are not fans of defunding of Planned Parenthood and other issues women in America come across. Major themes that came up throughout the show included being comfortable about who you are, having the right to present yourself in any manner that you please and a women's right to choose what she does with her body.
The evening also included two songs performed by musical guest “Little Rose,” a band consisting of two guitarists, a trumpet player and a lead singer. The band preformed two indie-style songs with impressive vocals and trumpet playing.
All in all, the Rutgers Night Live staff did a wonderful job, the atmosphere was inviting and comfortable, and more than anything, it was enjoyable. Cabaret Theater holds performances throughout the semester, so make sure you reserve your tickets for the next show!