Thursday April 14, 2011 / 7:30pmBreaking the Code
How was your experience?
Tremendously well-written and well-produced play. All the actors were wonderful. The lead actor was stupendous. His performance as Alan Turing rates up there with the best acting I've seen on NYC and London stages. I thought the non-linear nature of the play was brilliant, and I was very impressed with the way Turing's story was told by beautifully interweaving scenes from different times in his life. The material is carefully selected and edited, and the sum of the parts leaves us with a moving portrait of a brilliant scientist grappling with the pain of being human. It's an excellent examination of how the British government wanted to make use of his brain, yet persecuted him for being gay, and reminds us all of the tenuous nature of our civil liberties. Though I am not a scientist or mathematician, the discussions about breaking the Enigma code, contesting "right" and "wrong" in mathematics, and creating "artificial intelligence" were quite well-presented, and meshed with the simultaneous exploration of human intelligence, the situational nature of morality, and the enigma of human relationships. There is an acoustical problem in the theatre (too many hard surfaces?), so that it is sometimes difficult to hear lines. Nevertheless, the production is still very much worth seeing.