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  1. Ken Herman
    February 23, 2018 @ 8:12 am

    I must respectfully disagree with Welton’s statement, “The conversational thing is not to be construed as some affected mannerism.” In truth, he has correctly identified the director’s decision to have his actors speak softly to one another, mumble indistinctly, and ignore the fact that they are presenting a play to an audience. This is more than an affected mannerism: it is a vacuous, obnoxiously precious conceit that undermines the whole purpose of theater, i.e. communication. For example, I was fortunate enough to be sitting close the the front, so I could hear Jesse Pennington, but his speaking was so inarticulate that I could not make out what he was saying half of the time. And the very notion of going to a live theater performance in an intimate venue such as the White Theatre and needing to wear headphones to get the dialogue is demeaning to the public. My only positive reaction to this ill-conceived production is that I had the good fortune to be a guest of a good friend at the performance. Spending even a quartet of my own discretionary funds on this play would have been a sad waste.

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