Theme well implemented
Felt under-developed – needed to be 20% shorter and much tighter.
Timing seemed off.
Second half seemed to go more smoothly than the first.
Yes folks, I’m talking about the play we saw tonight.
I had the feeling that there was something I wasn’t quite getting – maybe it was using a particular dramatic form or structure that I am not familiar with. The history of the play (from a quick read of the quoted review) seems to add something as well.
I did not think it was as bad as the review did. I also note that the star was suffering awful laryngitis and did have to take drinks of water every so often during the play, which broke the tempo a little at times.
It was very nearly outstanding. Just too long, too slow, and too self-conscious, or arch.
Verdict: Inadequate playtesting.