Arts Runoff: WONDER OF THE WORLD

Summary: Frenetic woman leaves pathetic husband and sets off to complete a list of unrealistic life goals. In the process, meets relatively sane tourboat captain and suicidal alcoholic. A one-hour show, no intermission. Stylized in sitcom-ish sort of way… which, surprisingly, is not a bad thing.

Good: The cast nails a surprising number of jokes, though not all. // Somehow, the large wooden barrel never looked awkward; a feat. // Props to Catherine Lidstone (Lois), who was hilarious throughout.

Bad: Long transitions between scenes kill momentum. // The actors are often left to play their (hilarious) characters on one sole emotional note. Wonder would not have held my interest too much more than an hour.

Broad: Maybe this is just me, but it seems like Middlebury does almost no straightforward, naturalistic plays. I like weird, but at the same time it would be nice to go to a play not expecting all the rules to be broken.

Conclusion: If you have something important to do this weekend, put it off and get a ticket to Wonder of the World, in the Hepburn Zoo, tonight at 11:00 or tomorrow at 8:00.

This rapid-fire review is part of MiddBlog’s ongoing effort to cover every performance in Middlebury’s spring season.

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