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Aug. 23rd, 2015 | 12:03 pm


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from: fyellin
date: Aug. 31st, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)

I've no idea where you got the 1/3 - 2/3 numbers. Of the dozen or so people I've talked to, you're the only one I know who claims to have liked it.

I had the exact opposition reaction. When I go see the Count of Monte Cristo, I'm expecting to see fun. Swashbuckling. Intrigue. Instead the first act is nothing but exposition, and the second act had the mildest bit of action.

I like to compare it to Les Mis. (A musical which I mostly dislike, but serves as a good counterexample.) Les Mis also has way too much plot. What did they writers do? They ignored it. That the plot makes no sense is utterly irrelevant, and they focused on giving us action, songs, and characters.

Monte Cristo was the exact opposite. There was too much plot, and the writers made sure that every plot detail made sense and was fully understood. WHO CARES! It was a melodrama, not a deep psychological drama.

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from: ozdachs
date: Aug. 31st, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)

I estimated 1/3-2/3 because in our party of 5, four of us stood at the end to applaud the production and actors. Throughout the theater, the proportion of people giving a standing ovation looked slightly less than in our satisfied group, but it looked like well over half of the audience was standing.

Sorry, but the goofy complexity of the revenge plot was part of my enjoyment.

While I wouldn't say the show is a "must see", I recommend it!

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