There has never been a better time to go to the theater. With the COVID shutdown of public gatherings, theaters - especially community theaters - have been hit hard as organizations. With no income and overhead still having to be paid, theaters have closed and many will not return.
Living Drama Theater was and is affected, to the point they're directly asking for donations to stave off the closure of the Theater (see: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-prem-et-eustis-living-drama-theater-money-help-20210513-c373s7uuhfbwhnbzpyhesohwpy-story.html ). And as pointed out in the story, the drama doesn't end with funding; the matriarch of the family-owned theater is fighting a terminal illness, and still directed the latest production of 'While the Lights Were Out'.
If I ever wanted to skew a review for a good cause - this would be it. This show SHOULD be seen, mostly in the hopes of LDT being able to continue. In another time, under different circumstances, this review would be excoriating to the cast and direction.
The cast contains a number of local award winners and Lake County stalwarts, all of whom have shown more efforts in previous productions. The technical gaffes and sparse set design were sub-par for LDT - who designs a plot-point of a character fascinated with palindromes and MISSPELLS it TWICE on stage?! Let me assist: MADM I'M ADAM is NOT a palindrome!
Kudos to Marann Curtis as the "Unidentified Blonde"; Kenyatta Edwards as Sergeant Alma Threedle, and Adam Gross as Pierre Pourri. All three stood out from the rest of the cast by their onstage efforts.
See the show to help the theater. See the show to support your friends in the cast (it's a big cast, odds are you'll know SOMEONE in it; I'd acted with three members myself). See the show to get out of the house and as the start of pattern of activity we ALL can use. But know what you're going to see and set the bar lower than normal.