Seldom do I urge the playwright and director to make a production longer, but this time I wrote to Sean Graney, director and co-author, suggesting that he slow it down. The production was crammed into an hour. Lines spoken so fast, they were unintelligible. Funny bits lost because the actors stepped on lines and did not allow the audience to absorb the jokes.
And, the plot was rendered unintelligible as well. Was it really Marlowe's Dr. Faustus or just parts of the plot woven into a new take on the validity of religion? Overall, it felt like we were being exposed to the first version of a new work with many changes to come - at least I hope they come before they perform it again. Graney is known for his new takes on old plays. Ed and I have been twice to enjoy the 10 hour "All Our Tragic", based on the remaining 18 Greek plays. Loved it both times. Score: Toad
P.S. - Sean replied, "I hated the production".