Wednesday, April 3, 2013

37th HUMANA FESTIVAL: Play Three- The Delling Shore

As the saying goes, "there is always one in every family" or in any group, or in any school, and at this year's Humana Festival at Actors Theatre, The Delling Shore by Sam Marks is it.

As soon as I entered the theatre, I saw a very nice, slick, and elegant set. It resembled an elegant cabin or a summer home. I immediately sent a twitt saying, "Please, let it not be another domestic drama about white people." 

And guest what? Delling IS a domestic drama about white people. Even worse, it is a boring domestic drama about  two middle age, privilege white men who have no real problems except argue, and argue, and argue about useless college days betrayals and why one is more successful than the other. 

Honestly, the play deals with nothing of importance. The characters aren't interesting at all and you really cannot get emotionally involved in their drama because you don't really care what happened in their past, what is happening in the present, and what will happen in the future.

One of my students said that it was a good thing the play had no intermission because half the audience would have probably left before the second half. Other people said the play was simply uninteresting. I was so bored and uninterested with the whole ordeal that I couldn't even fake attention for the drama. Throughout what seems to be a 3-long torture session I kept wondering the reason why the play had been chosen for the festival.

The answer to such question came to me days later when a fellow playwright from out of town said, "It's the most horrible and boring play ever. But of course, it is about privileged white males and written by a white male. That's the reason it is here." 

Many of the people that have seen the play, have also not like it. A twitter follower who attended the festival said that the play was "underdeveloped," with "major chunks of story missing that lessened the stakes of plot and character." 

On the other hand there are many people who love the play. On twitter, someone wrote, "(It) is my favorite of the weekend. Flawed characters and complex relationships" while someone else stated, "Yeap, yeap, The Delling Shore is the best." 

The production has great things in it: A wonderful set, excellent lighting, great sound, magnificent acting but beyond that it is just blah, completely uninteresting, unimportant, and irrelevant.