Thursday August 21, 2014 / 8:00pm (Preview)Water by the Spoonful
Complimentary General Admission
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
How was your experience?
This was my second time seeing Water by the Spoonful. The first was the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production last season. I thought the play was OK when I saw it there, but I didn't love it. I guess the themes of addiction and family and an Iraq war vet struggling with PTSD and addiction intrigued me enough to want to see it again. That a free comp ticket for just ten bucks in service fees. I'm not sure how this play won the Pulitizer, however. I don't think it's a great play by any means. The language isn't that interesting. The play's structure isn't that interesting. This was a fine production with a good but not great cast and a beautiful set/production design, including wonderful lighting and multimedia effects. Much more professional and high quality production values than I expected. But there's something topical about the play that I just don't like that after seeing it twice now I'm still trying to put my finger on. I think there's something shallow about all the characters and the way the play approaches the subject of online communities and online relationships that just misses the mark for me. The chords it strikes related to addiction and PTSD just don't ring entirely true for me either. This was my first time at this venue, and it's a beautiful theater that Mtn. View has built downtown. I'll definitely be back. There's not a bad seat in the orchestra in this 600+ seat theater, and the neighborhood is full of restaurants and easy street parking. General admission seating was easy for this preview performance.