Alan Attended

Maple and Vine

Wednesday February 11, 2015 / 8:00pm
Bus Barn Theater - Los Altos, CA
1 ticketAssigned at Box Office
Purchase ID 6241754

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Alan’s review

First time at Bus Barn Theatre. It's a pretty decent space - a 99-seat theatre with theatre seats, raked seating, good sound and tech (video projections). I thought the show was consistently interesting; rather off-put my how much three of the four actors seeme to be "acting", but given that the roles they're playing are people playing roles, that might have been intentional. Thought Jeffrey Sun, the male lead, was really excellent in this part. He plays naturalistically, and gets quite a few laughs by underplaying. Show is thought-provoking - would you trade back and live in 1955 if you could? I wouldn't, but people in the show make a better case for it than I could have come up with on my own. Advertising looks like a comedy to me; this is more of a comic drama, seriously developed from a whacky premise. I found it consistently engaging and interesting, but not of the top rank; still a worthy use of my two hours. I'm likely to go back to Los Altos Stage productions at Bus Barn, although I worry that their next production ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf") might be over-ambitious.
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