Serving up a classic with a side of confusion
by Gregory Bunker
The fundamental problem was the acting. This play needs actors who can quickly establish their rapport as partners, and reveal just how unusual this particular situation is. Instead, Gus (Jesse Watts, and also one of the two wolves of Two Wolves Theatre) and Ben (Carmine Lucarelli) seemed like two neurotics still getting to know each other. Watts rushed his lines, removing the crucial pace and pauses needed to demonstrate how his initial confusion evolves into concern. Lucarelli’s performance also obscured the plot: he only ever appeared to be angry, when he also needed to show that his irritability came from grave inner conflict. The opportunity to showcase the brilliantly nuanced script—and, crucially, to reveal the plot—was lost in the gulf between these two rather one-dimensional hit men.
50 minutes without intermission.