It is hard to review this production without complaining about the seats in the theatre. Row H seats 10 and 11 at the St Lawrence Centre are impossible seats. The next row is pressing against your knees for the whole time – so uncomfortable it was hard to focus on the play.
Having said that, even making accommodation for grumpiness caused by pain, I thought there were many weaknesses in this play. It was more an opera than a play, but not a single memorable song came out of it. More like a sung dialogue. I did not like the use of narrators – I am quite capable of following the plot if it is acted, rather than just demonstrated. The use of narrators made the play longer than it should be.
So we left at the intermission.
Having said all that, I thought the play was a visual spectacle. The costumes, the lighting and the staging all combined to make it fascinating to watch for at least the first eighty minutes. We probably would have stayed for the second act if the seats were not so bad.