Saw the finished product tonight. It was the first time I saw the whole thing with all the tech (and a few small changes even as late as this) AND with an audience. The audience loved it, laughter throughout and applause at the end of most of the scenes.
I never fail to be amazed at now ten kids sitting around a table with a playwright, what amounted to a draft script, a director, (see picture below – SD) and a dramaturg can emerge some weeks later with a finished piece of work that naive audiences can love, even though I have been through a similar process many, many times. Some bits that were put in early survived, other early bits died and were removed. Other bits added much later fit themselves into this now-seamless whole. It’s a study in the virtue of complexity, but complexity that was built up a little bit at a time, and finely tuned. The whole is now, to me, inspired silliness, which I mean as a compliment.” – Roger Gans