Busyness needs to go back to the drawing board.

Published on: July 11, 2014

Filled Under: Fringe Kids

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By Tessa Hill

The play Busyness is about a very busy business man who stumbles upon an old forest where he meets a fairy. They go on a short adventure together, but finally the man has to leave because he is just too busy and he has been ignoring all of his work. They are both very sad, but the man decides to leave a few of his possessions with the fairy to remind her of him.

Busyness was another play that seemed to have a lot of potential, but instead was disappointing. Upon reading the description of the 45-minute play, I automatically assumed that this would be a great and moving piece. I had recently seen a very good children’s play that used no words, so when reading that Busyness contained no words I assumed that it would go in the same direction. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The actors, instead of words, spoke cheap gibberish with much too obvious hints of real words. In addition, the story was minimal (about half of the play was the business man trying to eat his lunch), the characters were undeveloped, and there were a lot of unexplained happenings in the story. In fact, part way through the show the story was purposely stopped and an out of context janitor character came onstage, cleaned some stuff up, played a gibberish song on a small guitar, and then left. It was quite confusing.

And it wasn’t that the actors in the play were necessarily terrible, the young man playing the business person was okay and he seemed capable of more, but it was clear from the gibberish and other actions that they were not given enough direction.

The other elements of the piece were satisfactory. The set was fine, though there were a few malfunctions throughout the show, and the music was enjoyable and interesting. Overall, so much more could have been done with this piece and it was, unfortunately, quite disappointing.

2 more chances to see Busyness: July 11 at 01:00 PM and July 12 at 04:00 PM. For show info click here. For tix click here. 

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