Shubop-Dubay-Had: The No Matter Watt PreQuel

Cabaret & Variety · gordon stephen matheson jr · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 18, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: Don't bother.

What I liked

“Normies,” Aurelia, Alex.

What I didn't like

How about having a narrative through line? How about actually letting the very talents ensemble SHOW what’s happening/happened instead of talking about it in an obtuse and expositional manner. So much shoe leather here, but nary a pair of shoes.

My overall impression

I am no stranger to The Rooms., but good therapy does not necessarily make for good theatre. Such is the case here. The writing is so far beneath the talent of most of the actors tasked with presenting it. Perhaps the lead, John Cassidy, could explain what is so interesting about the stage right wall, since he delivers most of his monologs to it instead of the very patient, attentive audience. Alex D. Hayward is a fantastic mover and has a beautiful voice I wish I understood what he was signing about…or why. The only “piece” that makes sense is the song called, “Normies,” delivered expertly by Aurelia Myers. It’s the one bright spot in the show, the one thing that makes sense in this rambling, repetitive, nonsensical content.

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