Sunday May 26, 2013 / 8:00pmArcadia
How was your experience?
Very mixed feelings about this production. It's a terrific show, very well done, with a huge exception - understudy in a major role who obviously didn't know his part (he called for his line 7-8 times, plus obviously slurred many other lines). I've seen understudies perform at many other professional theaters (most recently twice at OSF Ashland) where the characterization may be different but otherwise the audience isn't aware that it's not the regular cast. This was definitely not the case here - he stood out like a sore thumb, and really affected the flow and feel of the play. Not sure whether to fault the understudy for not learning his lines or the company for not adequately rehearsing him, but in either event it really gave me a negative perception of the performance, the actor and the company. Other than this, this would have been one of the best shows I've seen at ACT in years.