Sunday December 7, 2008 / 7:00pmJane Austen Unscripted
How was your experience?
I have to agree with another reviewer that the skill level of some of the actors was better than others, but overall they were all extremely entertaining and there wasn't a bad apple in the bunch. I laughed so hard for so long that I left the theatre with a headache. My only real complaint.... the lighting! I wanted to kill (not literally) whomever was doing the lighting cues. I understand it's improv and the lines are different (therefore no regular cues) and there may be time limits on segments to help with that issue, but the night I went (Dec. 7), it seemed like the board operator would often cut the actors scenes too short while they were in mid-sentence. And when the lights came back up for a new scene, there would be adjustments going on for several seconds that were very apparent and made the production feel amateurish at times. Plus, Theatre Asylum seems to be lax in how they present their front-of-house. It's so unprofessional for actors to come into the lobby in costume once the doors have opened to the public. And what happened to the days when the people who work the front-of-house dress well and have a certain charisma or charm rather than seeming like they'd rather be anywhere else. This is one of the things that turns me off from LA theatre. Asylum is by no means the only place guilty of this dilettante approach to production. The minute a patron walks into the front door, the experience of being there should begin. I realize people work for little or no pay, but if you're going to be there, then give it a real effort. As the saying goes, "lazy in your work, lazy in your dreams!"