The trick with farcical comedy, I mean.
The gamely trick with facial comedy is that the humor is propelled, in great part, by the energy of the scene, which is propelled by the investment of the audience. This symbiotic relationship is ever present in the opening scene of Taking Steps. The story's slow start, inundated with lengthy exposition and relative bickering between the aforementioned vapid dimwits who's sole purpose is to link the comic relief, which could be said about most comedic plays, is dry and at the mercy of the elements. Talent, mutual investment and environment. Conveniently, Ms. Forrester visited a performance that dragged along through silence, allotting her all the tasty fodder any bitterly discriminative critic could desire. Should she have come any other day, she might have witnessed what most audiences have experienced prior to and since her visit. Hilarity, investment and applause.
But to be fair, the story is frail in regions, plot thinned to transparency, lengthy in conclusion and dry at points. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have have to put down r pad and pretense and laugh out loud. There's always a payoff for laughter. Always a reward.
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