[At long last, my review of Shipwrecked!, which opened at Mad Cow while we were on vacation:]
All the trappings are in place for a big, smashing theatrical hit – a cast of able actors, a script by a Pulitzer Prize-winner, a reliable director, a title long enough to take up four or five lines on a theater marquee.
So what has happened with Shipwrecked!, the wan little 2007 comedy onstage at Mad Cow Theatre through next weekend?
Maybe it was the weather, the billowing rainstorms that kept people off the streets of downtown Orlando. Maybe it was the Thursday-night audience, a tiny turnout of steadfast folk who didn’t laugh often enough or loud enough to feed a needy cast.
Or maybe it’s a production with just enough missteps to throw this mild-mannered little show off its track.