I actually liked the Zoom format. When I first saw screenshots and reviews on social media I wasn’t sure how it would work, but I honestly think it was a huge positive. I think it helped make it seem very real. They also switched up the order, outfits, rooms, etc. and it happened instantly so it allowed the play to keep moving but also show that this is something that is ongoing in these characters lives, which is a major credit to the director and writer. You could have easily just had them sitting in the same spot in the same clothes start to finish, but this really gave it a lot of authenticity. It was definitely the first Zoom play I’ve seen, but I thought it was great and really worked for what the performance was.
What I didn't like
There were a couple of times it felt like one character would say something and another would step in almost mid sentence that was noticeable and awkward, but that awkwardness almost always immediately disappeared and didn’t interrupt the overall flow or effect. Maybe it was meant to mimic the choppiness at times of Zoom calls. It only happened a couple times though. Otherwise it was fantastic.
My overall impression
I thought the show was very good. The acting was phenomenal and it really felt like you were watching a group of friends catching up over Zoom. The dialogue felt natural and the conversation was really insightful. As a white guy dating a black woman, there were things discussed that we’ve been through as a couple and some other things I either wasn’t completely aware of or that I didn’t understand the full extent of.