Didn't stand a chance
This is an object lesson at how not to direct pros-arch theatre. The set design leaves the actors with no chance; they can only be heard if facing outwards and not looking at each other, due to the acoustically terrible design. (That they don't know their lines admittedly doesn't help). A dense political drama could withstand such a heavy enclosed set, but a comedy that relies on characters being hidden and general levity cannot. The only thing left for the lighting designer to make the space feel brighter is to light the audience, who in some cases were so blinded they had to move. The sightlines are appaling. That the acting is incredibly uneven and the actors lack of confidence can be improved with further rehearsal, but poor choices on concept cannot.
Much Ado About Nothing on Friday, Sep 20th, 2013