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I love actors. I love acting. I hate watching actors ACT.

The guy who played George last night was acting so hard I thought that vein across his forehead (happily concealed by a wig in the first act) just might jump off his shiny pate and demand its own rendition of "Color and Light."

He's got great songs and a strong book. He's got a decent supporting cast and brilliant design to support the show. Why not just trust that and not try so hard?

The design was in fact very cool, the set being a multimedia art gallery. But the performances were very uneven. Dot was lovely and nuanced, Marie (same actress) notsomuch. The Marie who sang "Children and Art" was a totally different character than the old woman who'd been on an all-scenery-all-the-time diet just seconds before.

I'd never seen the show before, but I knew a little about it. I really don't see what all the fuss is about with this production. Aside from Jenna Russell (who was wonderful in Guys and Dolls, I don't think there's much reason to see it again when it transfers to the West End.