THINGS I DISLIKED ABOUT ROMEO + JULIET
@ Seattle Immersive Theatre
- •Lack of signageLittle welcome outside the building. I suppose they don't *have* to advertise but it was v obvious they did all their beautiful advertising online, without consideration to folks who might be coming to theatre for the first time. The entrance was not as clearly delineated as 'Dump Site' (July 2015)
- •Lack of welcome in the main roomThe primary ballroom area was large and grand. But consider: if we really are in Lady Capulet's home, wouldn't there be someone there to guide us and tell us where to go? No maps, guides. An opportunity for other immersions here.
- •"Free flowing champagne" is NOT free. Nor flowing.Although they had the forethought to give folks straws and let them carry drinks to the parking garage/courtyard area, by the time we got back to the party and there was "free flowing champagne during the evening's festivities" I learned too late what they define as "festivities."
- •Being shuttled around and bottlenecksBeing dragged from room to room is great, yes, but not the bottlenecks. Scenes had to start before everyone was inside. And why? Why were we continually just standing around?
- •So. Serious. All. The. Time.I'm watching a soap opera series right now called Revenge. This show reminded me of that. Every moment is the most heavy in these young lives. True, that's the subtext. But when we're living our lives, how often do we know the impact we have on others? And especially if we have these twenty characters swirling around these central two characters, swirling down to a single point... I just couldn't care. I just couldn't bring myself to care. Even though it was all. So. Serious.
- •Ending?So awkward. We clapped. With dead people. They bowed. But why? No one to guide us out. You're done now. Although we will leave you inside the church. Maybe we could have been part of a wordless funeral procession??
- •The masks.What the fuck people? Why?? As a glasses-face, I expected to be one of the few who gives up her mask, but by the end I saw people without glasses who took them off. Plus there is no peripheral vision. Although it was handy for distinguishing actors entering a scene, even masquerade masks would have been more pleasant overall.