As before, the acting was superb. I particularly enjoyed Jory Murphy in the role of Hal (who at times called his pals "baby" in a distinctly Austin Powers-ish manner) and Owen in the role of Truscott (an Inspector Clouseau-esque detective masquerading throughout most of the show as a representative of the Water Board). Not a line was missed, and the actors' timing was spot on. Dorrit and I also liked the set, perhaps in part because the furniture looked vaguely familiar from our tour of the Asolo's Koski Production Center last year.
The actors talked about the interplay between the actors and the audience. They said that the energy that "comes at them" from the audience gives them more to play with and helps them to elevate their performances. They told us how interesting it is to see which jokes a particular audience responds to (particularly in a play like Loot with the differences in American and British humor). They also shared that the joke where the widower is given a tea pot to pee in when he's not permitted to go to the loo was added in order to resolve a loose end. (You have to see the play to appreciate it, but it was very well done.)
With two plays under our belts, our first season of Conservatory Theater is halfway over. The season gets a bit more serious from here, with How I Learned to Drive and Antigones. I have quickly become a huge fan of repertory theater, and am looking forward to watching these young actors tackle different genres of theater as the season progresses. I have no doubt that they'll be up to whatever comes their way.