Wednesday September 18, 2013 / 7:30pm (Preview)The Matchmaker
How was your experience?
Comedy is easy to fail at. Timing, acting. Dated comedy about situations not seen today adds a degree of difficulty. Taproot did not fail. After two recent visits it appears to me that Taproot is a well run organization. Ilyria was perhaps an easier success in that though a rich redoing of Twelfth Night it is strong and of recent creation and it is Shakespeare. None of that can be said of this dated farce comedy from a playwright whose more famous work, Our Town, now seems to me quaint and undramatic. There is nothing now about Matchmaker. These are characters plot lines and values from another time or perhaps no time at all. One even senses aspect of Roman or Greek comedy in this nonsense about forced marriage, oppressive bosses and scheming servants....bring in the clowns. And yet it worked. Over 2 hours and never tedious. That and the Goldstar value make it a good choice. I do have one gripe...in a theater with generally all decent seats how did I get the same one behind a post again?