If they had been stupid, this would have been easy. Had the people behind Medicine Show's production of Finnegan's Wake simply been inept, a review would have been simple to write.
However, there is an intelligence behind the show, a calculation behind every prop, every gesture, every song and piece of choreography. Someone went through a great deal of time and effort to present Finnegan's Wake exactly as I saw it. This makes my job harder.
Why was such a well-constructed piece of theater so awful?
Let's start with the basics. The show was adapted from the James Joyce novel of the same name