Sunday September 8, 2013 / 7:00pmMiddletown
Assigned at Box Office
How was your experience?
While the acting in this production is very good, the play itself fails on many levels. I realized, somewhere in the second act, what bothered me so much. The play wants to tackle every big question there is: the meaning of life, relationships, loneliness, poverty and mental illness, disillusion, death, the limits of language, the wonder of creation (both human birth and the birth of life itself). But the play does this through vignettes rather than real characters. The characters never really emerge beyond "types" of people linked with lots of big questions. So the play ends up being a symptom of what it is concerned with-- the fragmentation of meaning rather than its hard won cohesion. This is a long way from Tony Kushner and a long long way from Chekhov.