7/1/2013 9:35 AM
I was also involved as an actor in the original production of this play in New York City. I loved its razor wit, but was also fascinated as the antihero main character struggles against the creepy limits of reason and logic in this world. There is great stuff to play in every scene for every actor in this show, and an unusual love story that still feels very true and relatable. The audience will leave with an emotional response to the end, but their minds will grapple with the idea of magic, small town distrust, infidelity, passive parenting, and dreams.
6/26/2013 8:48 PM
I should start by saying that I had the pleasure of being in the original production of When Is a Clock? when it premiered in New York City. And so my recommendation is from the point of view of having had the opportunity to play one of these parts, and be a part of a great cast that, I believe, really enjoyed introducing this play.
To stick with the actor's point of view for a moment, that is one of the first things that comes to mind about the play- there are a lot of great parts in it, roles that let actors of different ages and types shine. Even the smallest roles have something funny or interesting to say. And the larger roles to carry a lot of direct address storytelling as well as great scenes. There are some really, really great monologues in this. Emotional and vivid. The NY Times even said (and leave it to an actor to quote a review) that one of the speeches in the play should be 'enshrined in a hall of fame for monologues'.
I won't give away too much of the story of the play, as I think it is better to discover it when you read it. Simply put- a man's wife has he and their son without explanation, and the further he follows her trail into the wilds of rural Pennsylvania, the stranger the explanations of where his wife could have gone become. The play is grounded in a very real, human scale characters at first. A marriage that you believe. In that way, it reminds me more of a noir mystery than, say, a detective story. Gordon is not some streetwise tough guy. He is a man looking for his wife, and soon getting lost.
It is a great play. Readable, and producible. It is one of the things I have been most proud to be a part of. You should check it out. Thanks for considering this review.
- David D.