6/9/2013 12:11 PM
This play is terribly outdated for what it is claimed to be, aka, a contemporary comedy. Even assuming you could/were allowed to update the technical dialogue and issues, it consistently fails to be funny and, moreover, fails to be very thought-provoking as well. The characters, apart from Martin, are formulaic at best. Martin himself is more of a narrator/deliverer of supposedly profound monologues than a character, and any issues the play looks to aim at are inadequately addressed by the end, if at all.
The best way to describe this play, though I hate to use this expression, is "Big Bang Theory of the 80es". If that excites you, it shouldn't. It lacks all of Big Bang Theory's "wit" and tries to replace with with pseudophilosofical musings, but, much like BBT, it effectively makes fun of the subject at hand, the whole play peppered with insults, some tongue in cheek, some veiled, but upon scrutiny "hackers" (a term the play insists to use to describe tech savvy people, and specifically programmers) are portrayed as maladjusted, socially awkward shutins throughout. The characters are caricatures, and as such it's very hard if not downright impossible to care or root for them. Frankly, I think that to the geek culture, this play might be one of the most offensive things ever written. It might have been considered amusing at its time, but nowadays, it's just not worth your time.