James ’s Event Journal

Reasonspretty 031913
Thursday March 28, 2013 / 8:00pm (Preview)
reasons to be pretty
4 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

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The play was excellent, and the players were exceptionally good. Greg was superb, deeply engaging, utterly believable. The other characters were nearly as good, although the character of Kent was perhaps a bit too broad; the actor was convincing, but the final scene at the ballpark was bit too histrionic. The play is well written, except that the profanity is used excessively, and so it loses its power through over-use. Of course people use profanity, especially in emotionally tense moments, but it should be used sparingly if it is to be effective.This problem was especially noticeable in the very first scene, where we know very little about the characters and their situation. Both Greg and Steph use so many "fuck" and "shit" words that the audience is reluctant to identify with them; they should be more articulate. The first impression is that the playwright is trying is shock us, and effort shows. Efforts should never show. Think of Jon , on the Stewart on the Daily Show: when he's trying to be funny he is boring, but when he is being himself and commenting, he is hilarious. Nevertheless, this is an excellent performance of a very good play;, and I recommend seeing it. P.S., the set was terrific! -- Jim