Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Share Your Thoughts: In the Weeds

The staged reading of In the Weeds took place last night at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, with 51 people in attendance. As with other staged readings in the series, it was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Brent Wick. Because In the Weeds received its world premiere last night, the audience also had the opportunity to speak with playwright Steve Gooch.

Did you attend the staged reading? What did you think about the characters, the plot and other elements? What were some of the high points? What will you remember about this staged reading?


Steve Martin said...

One reason I enjoyed In the Weeds is the script follows the adage that people's true character is revealed when they're placed in a stressful situation. The tension felt by the characters was palpable and the audience could see how they responded to theft of the night deposit.

The final act had character revelations that made a lot of sense. And the final beat honored the audience's intelligence by not overexplaining, but still forced us to rethink what we had just watched.

Overall, I enjoyed the staged reading very much. Congratulations to playwright Steve Gooch, director Brent Wick and all the performers.

Scott Haan said...

I worked in fast food for a while (who hasn't?), and this struck me as very realistic to the way people talk and think behind the scenes at a restaurant. The dialog was life-like in its profanity, and the last few moments literally made me gasp as I realized who was responsible. Plenty of humor, as well...I especially enjoyed the smug minestroni-averse customer, the dead-on Sarah Palin impersonation, and the stoners.

REALLY enjoyed this play, and I hope Steve has great success with it. Congrats to all involved!

P.S. I don't drink Diet Pepsi, in case you're wondering.