Wednesday February 19, 2014 / 8:00pmNapoli!
How was your experience?
I see a lot of theater in the Bay Area, and I had stopped seeing plays at ACT because Carey Perloff, the artistic director, is terrible at choosing relevant, transformative theater pieces. I went to this one with an open mind, hoping to find that ACT is now finding theatrical work that is unique, funny, poignant... anything. Instead, this was a clunky play that couldn't find its tone -- totally silly farce for one scene only? poignant family drama? satirical war commentary? I have no idea. Oh, and it would have been great to have employed a dialect coach to help particularly the younger actors with the dialect. Neither director Mark Jackson's quick pacing nor Marco Baricelli's brilliant acting could save this mishmash. I hope that soon a new artistic vision is put into place before the theater itself becomes an old, creaky relic.