Comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner at Las Vegas Little Theatre
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If you have seen the movie or one of the other 30's madcap style plays this will remind you of prior good experiences. You will know this can be quite funny and clever seeming stuff. But if you were in the audience for this performance you spent most of the time waiting for those funny moments but rarely got there. That was my experience and by the long stretches of quiet around me I have to guess that either Vegas locals are a very sober lot or their reaction was similar.
Nothing is realistic in this play. Hardly a surprise in an author who penned works for the Marx brothers. It is about a self-absorbed arrogant producer type and his unrealistic theatrical world. You are not to believe a word except as parody and exaggeration. What you are suppose to do is laugh and see the foibles of humanity. I do not recall the details of the movie version and yet I could imagine the difference if this line were delivered this way, if the father spoke with over the top outrage and frustration, if the agitator boy friend were unpolished and radical, etc.
Comedy can be difficult. The fact this is a period piece makes it more so. What was extreme behavior then either is not now or it is politically incorrect. A few actresses in small roles got it right - the nurse had very funny moments and the mad sister with a few lines made it clear she understood the way to work this but the main character was never quite up to it and most the large parts had an awkward feel.
It was OK because of the Flashback effect to the words under the acting. It was a decent strip mall theater in Chinatown. I would give the LVLT another try with less difficult stuff. They really were not up to this challenge.
The Man Who Came to Dinner is written by Moss Hart and George S Kaufman.
About the Ticket Supplier: Las Vegas Little Theatre
Las Vegas Little Theatre, an amateur theatre company founded in 1978 by Jack Bell and Jack Nickolson, is Southern Nevada's oldest community theatre. It launched performances in a converted storefront with an initial seating capacity of 48. Their mission has always been to increase the awareness of theatre arts in Southern Nevada, provide quality productions, and to offer educational, hands-on opportunities in all facets of theatre production.