After the Wake
By Andrew Andrews
Ask any real estate agent to list the three most important things about a house, and they’ll instantly say, “location, location and location.”
If there’s a similar rule for theatre, the answer has got to be “the script, the script and the script.” Unfortunately, unlike Waugh’s laugh-out-loud prior production, playwright Shirley Beth Newbury’s piece fell sadly short of our expectations.
Granted, it’s a drama, not a comedy, but After the Wake is void of witty dialogue and thick with inconsistencies. Despite its perfectly-fine premise, the level of tension goes from zero to ten to zero, with too much time at the low end and not enough build-up to justify the highs. And although we can’t pin the blame on any one role, the casting for this production feels a bit too “off” to make up for the writing’s shortcomings.
Here’s hoping that Waugh & Company will return to
Andrew Andrews attended After the Wake at American Theatre of Actors Sargent Theater in Manhattan on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.