Company: Naughty Sailboat, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 1 - John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage
Like most days at the office, Naughty Sailboat’s collection of Ethan Coen-penned vignettes has its moments, but ends up feeling longer than it should.
Like most days at the office, Naughty Sailboat's collection of Ethan Coen-penned vignettes has its moments, but ends up feeling longer than it should. Also like most days at the office, judicious use of time is the deciding factor here.
The actors are a hard working and capable crew; the video segments are well produced and, with the exception of some clunky transitions, well presented; and the acerbic examinations of office life are often astutely witty, if also sometimes frustratingly obtuse.
At 90 minutes and nine-odd chapters, however, it feels like Offices
should have been trimmed by a segment or two (perhaps the one that juxtaposes a TV show about a frontier veterinarian with something about modern surveyors and infidelity, and that makes no sense at all).
It also needs to be snappier in its execution. Coen's writing has a David Mamet-like quality that calls for crack timing and a thorough command of the rhythms in the dialogue. In too many of Offices
' on-stage segments, the pace is isn't quite there.
There is a lot to be entertained by here, but I think this one needed a little more work before it got rolled out to the shareholders.