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May. 23rd, 2009 | 01:03 pm

Ashland, Oregon
at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Cecil (Jonathan Haugen, right) explains to Shag (Anthony Heald) that the play is to be the official version. Photo by Jenny Graham.Equivocation by Bill Cain

This world premiere production is stuffed with clever concepts, interesting plots, brilliant acting, spectacular execution, and meaningful messages. It's an artistic tour de force bursting with importance and complex stories which are determined to cross centuries of time to reflect the current events of 2009 (or, at least George Bush's 2001-2009 torture-burdened court).

But, it is disappointment to have to sit through such an overwrought and under-edited excellent draft play.  I am puzzled why a typical amateur error of piling on content was allowed to progress to a full-blown production on stage. Listed in the Playbill as 2 1/2 hours, the actual running time is 20 minutes longer.  An excellent version of this will require only 90 minutes and will strip away 90 or 95 of the 100 plot lines and complications. Read more...Collapse )

There's much (too much) to like about Equivocation.  I hope the playwright learns from this perfect production of his flawed script how to do the re-write that will make the play coherent and truly a unified work of art.

Ozdachs Rating:  Rating: 3 out of 5 Syntaxes

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