Open Stage brought to its production of Enchanted Island is what frustrates me about some novels. The problem was not the adaptation of the novel to a play on Youtube. (I've never read it, by the way.) It's that too many characters were dialoguing in the same scene.
Up to eight characters.
Factor in the picture-in-picture (PIP) display, and my eyes were darting around the screen to match a voice to the respective character in one-of-eight squares.
It took some effort to keep up with the characters, their names, and the acting all at once. To its credit, the production balances out with the conflict introduced right away and the plot resolved within 40 minutes. Moreover, the acting was pretty good.
The thespians of Enchanted Island are part of Open Stage's Alsedek Theatre School for kids and teens. To support them in the performing arts of Harrisburg, Pa., please make a donation via openstagehbg.com.
A review of Enchanted Island (Open Stage).
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