I might have been one of the only people in attendance that didn’t enjoy this production that much. Since the show is simply a series of monologues/interviews, it makes it extra difficult to really create characters and something that might resemble a story. One of the things that made the Las Vegas Academy of Arts production so exceptional was that it was done by high school students. One can feel that the show and Matthew Shepard’s memory was done the greatest justice through these high school students’ talents. I suppose that creates a pretty high standard when viewing this college production.
This production was directed by Sarah Norris, and she seems to have created a number of problems for me. One of these things that I felt was the main problem for this production was its lack of documentary-style reality. Since it’s a series of interviews like in a documentary, one would expect this. Unfortunately, my other problem is this production seems to be filled with more caricatures than actual people. Steven Fehr’s character of a limo driver carried a pretty extreme New York type accent that came off more like an impersonation than a person who actually existed. Alex Holmes’ character also seems too childish to be a doctor. My favorite performances were given by Dana Martin and Jennifer Boushy’s Muslim student character.
This show is such a depressing experience that seeing it twice seems too much. At some point, I feel asleep during part of this show to the point where I wasn’t aware how many times I dosed off and at what parts of the show I missed. I rarely fall asleep when I’m watching anything dramatic, but in this case when a show becomes tiresome to you and unbelievable—it becomes impossible to not be distracted by things your body finds more important as in the case of sleep. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I really missed that much that I don’t already remember from the first LVA experience.