Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 / 7:00pmPericles (In Outer Space)
General Admission - Row 5 and Back
How was your experience?
On the whole, I found the performance to be uneven. It definitely was enjoyable to be exposed to a Shakespearean work I hadn't seen before, and I was impressed by the efforts to incorporate science fiction references into the costumes, sets, and small non-Shakespearean language asides. The major weak point in the acting was that not all of the actors projected their voices loudly enough to be heard in this outdoor setting and/or enunciated well enough to allow this style of speech we're unaccustomed to hearing in our everyday lives to be understood. As for the seating, I wanted to warn people that there can be significant difficulties seeing some of the action. The ground slopes slightly downward away from the stage underneath some of the discounted seating, which means you could be sitting at a lower vertical level than the rows in front of you. That configuration can make it hard to see generally and impossible to see action that takes place while the actors are sitting or lying on stage, which happens occasionally. I think people who will enjoy this show most are those with a solid love of science fiction. Knowledge of Star Trek is a must to understand the majority of the science fiction-related jokes. Finally, note that while the materials state that "picnickers are welcome," you will not actually be allowed into the seating area until 45 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. Thus, if you arrive earlier, you will have to set up your picnic elsewhere and then, at some point, move into the seating area.