Bottom Line Theatre’s “Sweet Things” Portrays Relationships Gone Sour

The cast and director of “Sweet Things.” Clockwise, from top left: John Flanagan PO ’19 (Thomas), Christine Covode PZ ’19 (Kitty), Jonathan Wilson PO ’19 (Logan), Suki White SC ’18 (Robin), Emma Silverman PO ’19 (Author/Dana), Rachel Tils PO ’19 (Director). (Courtesy of Rachel Tils)

The student theatre group Bottom Line Theatre performed their latest work, “Sweet Things,” to three overflowing crowds at Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre March 23-25.

The play’s plot centers around the relationships among a group of friends who “tell lies that spiral out of control to preserve their social standing, hurting everyone around them in the process,” according to a program note by director Rachel Tils PO ’19.

Drama ensues as the characters struggle to stay afloat in an increasingly tumultuous sea of mistaken judgements, betrayed trust, and crumbling friendships.

“I wanted to hint towards the way that gossip controls the narrative of our scattered reality,” wrote author Emma Silverman PO ’19 in a different program note.

Audience reviews were overwhelmingly positive.

“I was impressed by how Emma brought up multiple serious topics in a way that made me both think and laugh,” wrote Maddie Zug PO ’19 in a message to TSL. “I thought the actors did an incredible job of bringing humor into small moments.”

April Xiaoyi Xu PO ’18 concurred.

“I am grateful that the College is offering the space, resources, and support for student work in theatre,” she wrote in a message to TSL.

Silverman, along with cast members Christine Covode PZ ’19 and Suki White SC ’18, described the production process — which started after winter break — as an intense bonding experience.

“The whole thing was so collaborative,” Covode said. “It felt like we were all creating it together and I loved it.”

Although Silverman and Tils told the audience before the play that it was meant to be taken lightheartedly, this did not stop them from exploring profound truths about the social world.

“Comedy is the best way to hint at the nature of life,” Silverman said. “If you can learn to laugh at yourself and to laugh at your problems, then you’re going to have a better time coming to terms with them than if everything needs to be so dark and deep.”

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