The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Closed
2hr. 40min. (1 intermission)
Opened Nov 13, 2012
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More to Like Than to Disparage

This revival is great fun. The singing is exuberant, the choreography energetically acrobatic, the acting infectiously joyous. The sets and costumes are magnificent and the general ambience of this play within a play (the premise being that the incomplete Dickens novel, here adapted for the stage, is being produced by a theatrical troupe in Victorian London) is cheerily successful. Add to that the play's interactive conceit in which it is left to the audience to determine who killed Edwin Drood, who the bearded detective Dick Datchery might be, and which of the play's many characters are destined for romance, and you've got the makings of an entertaining evening. To be sure, the show's music is more derivative than memorable and I doubt that you'll find yourself humming any of its tunes as you leave the theatre. And the audience participation conceit is a bit hokey after all. But, all things considered, the show has more to commend than to disparage. I have posted an expanded version of this review as well as reviews of several other Broadway, off Broadway, and off off Broadway plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.

More to Like Than to Disparage

This revival is great fun. The singing is exuberant, the choreography energetically acrobatic, the acting infectiously joyous. The sets and costumes are magnificent and the general ambience of this play within a play (the premise being that the incomplete Dickens novel, here adapted for the stage, is being produced by a theatrical troupe in Victorian London) is cheerily successful. Add to that the play's interactive conceit in which it is left to the audience to determine who killed Edwin Drood, who the bearded detective Dick Datchery might be, and which of the play's many characters are destined for romance, and you've got the makings of an entertaining evening. To be sure, the show's music is more derivative than memorable and I doubt that you'll find yourself humming any of its tunes as you leave the theatre. And the audience participation conceit is a bit hokey after all. But, all things considered, the show has more to commend than to disparage. I have posted an expanded version of this review as well as reviews of several other Broadway, off Broadway, and off off Broadway plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.

More to Like Than to Disparage

This revival is great fun. The singing is exuberant, the choreography energetically acrobatic, the acting infectiously joyous. The sets and costumes are magnificent and the general ambience of this play within a play (the premise being that the incomplete Dickens novel, here adapted for the stage, is being produced by a theatrical troupe in Victorian London) is cheerily successful. Add to that the play's interactive conceit in which it is left to the audience to determine who killed Edwin Drood, who the bearded detective Dick Datchery might be, and which of the play's many characters are destined for romance, and you've got the makings of an entertaining evening. To be sure, the show's music is more derivative than memorable and I doubt that you'll find yourself humming any of its tunes as you leave the theatre. And the audience participation conceit is a bit hokey after all. But, all things considered, the show has more to commend than to disparage. I have posted an expanded version of this review as well as reviews of several other Broadway, off Broadway, and off off Broadway plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.