Gadfly’s Event Journal

Mecca 072910
Saturday September 25, 2010 / 8:00pm
The Road to Mecca
2 tickets

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The director needs to note that this play would have have been so MUCH BETTER if the first few minutes had been altered. Elsa Barlow seemed schizophrenic -- one minute raging (and who knew why), the next laughing. It was confusing. We almost left after the 1st 10 minutes -- I could not imagine 2 hours of such theatrics (no pun intended). Now that I've seen the entire production, I can say that Elsa Barlow and Miss Helen did not connect. We had no idea what we were looking for or experiencing, yet this could have been altered in the first few minutes - a few understanding glances, some CONNECTION of some sort. Also, the lighting was mishandled. It was hard to notice the supposed statues in the yard, or understand that there was any magic at all in the room. It was dismal, and we have reconsidered attending anymore Lyceum performances. The play seemed unfinished, more like a practice performance than something one would pay money to see. I blame the director -- who told Miss Helen to gaze off for endless minutes with the same expression? Who allowed Elsa to act like she needed medication rather than acting as though she was confused, concerned, or tired? Marius was well played, however, and seemed true to his character.

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