Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Sept. 20
Eugene O'Neill's only comedy plays like a parallel universe apart from his other works. In Ah, Wilderness, tragedy dare not tread. Even the loss of innocence gets thwarted. The play has good-humor and charm. New Village Arts, however, treats it as a drab, dated period piece that needs constant comedic resuscitation. Director Amanda Sitton, who has done good work before, adds extraneous sight gags and business that upstage the text. She also forces such a chipper veneer onto every scene she creates a parallel universe on the other side of the play: Yummyland. Performances are uneven, at best. Kyle Lucy does some fine work as innocent young Richard. And Daren Scott does a fine turn as drunken Uncle Sid.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, August 28, 2011
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm