The Hope Hypothesis
By Andrew Andrews
A lot of technical effort has gone into this production. From the set, with its reconfigurable walls that support rapid yet potent changes of scene, to the high-impact lighting and sound effects, it seems that no expense was spared in making this a first-class show.
The story itself is billed as a dark comedy, but it felt more like a full-on tragedy to me. The comic elements just seemed a bit too weak most of the time, becoming preposterous just before the climax. Otherwise, the script was quite polished, and I would have enjoyed the performance more if the humor had been limited to sparsely-sprinkled comic relief.
Overall, the acting was very good from this seven-member cast. Although Wesley Zurick did a great job in his role as the Teller, he didn’t quite look the part as much as his collaborators. And though some of the subtle details were extremely unlikely, this was easy to forgive for the sake of the story.
Philosophically, The Hope Hypothesis makes important statements about bureaucracy, human rights and faith in The System, and Voyage Theater Company’s delivery is as professional as it gets. For that, I’m willing to overlook a few minor imperfections and call this production a success.
Andrew Andrews attended The Hope Hypothesis at Sheen Center Black Box Theater in New York on Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 3:00pm to write this review.