BWW Reviews: Mediocre and Missing a Few Degrees, TRP's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

Now I could continue to rag on the long list scribbled in my notes; the guy who looked entirely too old to be a college student, the idea that flannel/plaid shirts and jeans are apparently the only thing college boys wore back then, the laughable nudity scene where the staging made absolutely no sense and why did Paul seem to be moving in slow motion the whole show? But I won't elaborate those things.

Just before leaving, I put my own thoughts in neutral for a minute---Guare's script although easy on the exterior might actually be a little more difficult than I realized. Looking back, even the film left me feeling a little underwhelmed. With its complex nuances and subtleties, it takes a stellar group to really give it the punch it needs. Unfortunately, the performance I just witnessed fell prey and didn't bring the best out of this script. So while a person who doesn't see much live theatre, could easily deem this production, "amazing" or "fantastic" (and people did), I can't say the same. I've seen an extensive amount theatre and I've personally seen Theatre in the Round Players do better.

For a company that borders that fine line of trying to produce high-quality theatre and not pay the actors, Theatre in the Round Players does a solid job a majority of the time. This just wasn't their finest hour. And this bump in the road certainly doesn't mean I would pass on the opportunity to see another production from them. Most times I actually look forward to seeing what's next for the oldest theatre in Minneapolis.

At the end of the day, it wasn't that I didn't enjoy the performance or the cinnamon cookie I always allow myself to have, I just felt it needed more polish and maybe a little more time in rehearsals to marinate with some of the actors. And like overcooked and unseasoned meat it was just tough to swallow and just a little bland for me. There were bits and pieces that were tender and delicious but the vast majority was of no use to me.

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION by John Guare and directed by Austene Van plays now through February 2nd.

Theatre in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, 612.333.3010, theatreintheround.org.

Photo Credit: Clockwise from the left: Tamara Clark, H. William Kirsch, H. Wesley McClain, Kari Elizabeth Kjeldseth and Darrail Hughes. Directed by Austene Van, costume design by Samantha Kuhn Staneart. Photo by Ron Ravensborg.

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Noah Lee Jordan Noah Lee Jordan was born in Tucson, Arizona blindly unaware of his true calling---a life surrounded by bright lights, big stages and live theatre. He has been performing since his was six-years-old, beginning with Missoula Children's Theatre and moving up the ladder to much bigger equity stages around the country. His theatre musings have been featured in various publications throughout both Colorado and Arizona, and currently have a home on BroadwayWorld.com, at least for now. Not completely finished traveling but on a bit of a hiatus, he's enjoying his time in Minneapolis, MN. Favorite performances include; The Wedding Singer (directed by choreographer Mandy Moore), While We Were Bowling, Hairspray, Ragtime, Godspell, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Follow him on Twitter @noahjordan.


 
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