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    Reader comments on Love's Labour's Lost

    Subject: Re: As a production
    Date: Apr 23, 2003
    Sender: lindsayPrevious | Next

    It was nice to read a comment that was well thought out and informative. Hey guys- real feedback is golden- don't think of it as bashing, but as a gift from an audience member. No one ever really tell you how they feel, so how are we expected to grow as artists? I am a director who just wanted to look into the production even though I couldn't see it- this response let me in on the other side of the habitual "congratulations", and "it was fun" bullshit comments. So take the feedback and run with it. We all understand the work and time put into a creative show like this- and we comment you for it. Its the people who so these kind of productions that are keeping theatre alive and relevant.

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    Response to this comment:
    As a production

    I had an opportunity to see LLL this past weekend. It is easy to be pleased with this production. After all, Shakespeare as great text for an actor is undeniable and the adaptation by Kit Thacker is fluid, funny and painfully charming. However, I think the writer of this article saw a completely different production than I saw. There were few actors onstage that understood what their relationship to other characters in the play were, and let's not mention the majority of actors on stage who apparently weren't quite sure what they were talking about. I say this because a website dedicated to how great a mediocre productions, does nothing to help to actors, designers or directors. So, let's talk about truth:

    1. The Set Design: WHY WOULD YOU DESIGN A SET WHERE IT IS SPLIT IN HALF AND THE UPSTAGE IS BARELY USED? The set design was ridiculous. Not only claustrophobic, but made it virtually impossible for the actors to not upstage themselves. And, I spent at least an hour hoping that some soul would take a knife to that bloody backdrop. I thought I was at a high school production.

    2. Costume Design: The costumes sucked. Straight up. No one looked good. Why open with Birona in a bright red satin dress and the queen (you know THE QUEEN!) is suited up as if she is some homely farm girl? And shall I even discuss Costard? Aside from the fact that the young woman's acting was the most selfish tedious presentational embarrassment I have witnessed in quite a while, she looked stupid. Just stupid. I was sure to check who the costume designer was to be sure that I NEVER hire her.

    3. The Acting: With approximately 14 actors in this production, there was some definite talent on stage. Thank God for Katrin Macmillan, Vivia Font, Natalie Gold, and Michael Izquierdo. According to these statistics: 4 out of 14 actors would agree that moment to moment scene work, and understanding your text are obviously the two most important goals in acting. Nothing else matters if the audience stops listening. I wanted to hear these actors, understand their desires, and found them very charming. Although there were some good moments from other actors (for example Corey Sieb was obviously working alone except for her scene with Ms. Font) there seemed to be no respect for the text from the rest of the cast. No one cared and it showed. And WHY would Birona be center stage while the Queen and the Prince are kissing? In fact, why would Birona always be center stage in almost every scene she is in? Ms. Thomas and Ms Stewart in one fell-swoop made me again realize why hiring an actor under thirty seems to be a mistake. In terms of the gentlemen, they simply seemed to be lost. Lost...That is the review of this production: LOST. Unfocused, self indulgent acting is not representative of the work I believe many of these actors were capable of. It simply makes a person sad.

    I say these things because I KNOW, first hand, how difficult it is to produce work. I really do. I know how difficult it is to act in NYC and to do work that is good. This production had a real chance. But, when it is obvious that more interest was paid to those retarded dresses for the ladies as opposed to the comfort of the audience (were you trying to kill us with the heat?) then you deserve to hear about it.

    Theatre is about sharing. Not showing off. Period. The producer of this show should be more aware and respectful that best element of the production was the disregarded - fabulously written & adapted text. If more attention were given to the brilliance of that starting point, the text, and nothing else; rather than dissipating it with trite, unnecessary, frivolous elements this show could have been truly brilliant and breath taking -- even on a blank stage with the actors in jeans and t-shirts. Perhaps next time she will pay attention to...you know the play.


    Raelle Myrick-Hodges
    Azuka Theatre Collective






    Comment index:

  • Nicole Stewart   from Cathy Moore, Mar 27, 2003
  • Re: Nicole Stewart   from , Mar 28, 2003
  • Re: joy barrett   from , Mar 29, 2003
  • Re: joy barrett   from , Mar 31, 2003
  • Re: Nicole Stewart   from Parker, Mar 31, 2003
  • Amy Groeschel   from Tim, Apr 4, 2003
  • nicole stewart   from , Apr 11, 2003
  • As a production   from Azuka Theatre Collective, Apr 13, 2003
  • Re: As a production   from I liked LLL, Apr 14, 2003
  • » Re: As a production «   from lindsay, Apr 23, 2003
  • Corey Stieb   from Sybil R., May 27, 2003
  • natalie gold   from nicholas, Jul 2, 2003
  • Nicole Stewart   from Cathy Moore, Mar 27, 2003
  • Re: Nicole Stewart   from , Mar 28, 2003
  • Re: joy barrett   from , Mar 29, 2003
  • Re: joy barrett   from , Mar 31, 2003
  • Re: Nicole Stewart   from Parker, Mar 31, 2003
  • Amy Groeschel   from Tim, Apr 4, 2003
  • nicole stewart   from , Apr 11, 2003
  • As a production   from Azuka Theatre Collective, Apr 13, 2003
  • Re: As a production   from I liked LLL, Apr 14, 2003
  • » Re: As a production «   from lindsay, Apr 23, 2003
  • Corey Stieb   from Sybil R., May 27, 2003
  • natalie gold   from nicholas, Jul 2, 2003