Co-creator Leah Cooper (along with Alan Berks) warned us in the pre-show speech that this was a long play; the stories were so good they didn't want to cut anything out. But sometimes less is more, and this is one of those times. The piece would be better served by honing and focusing the stories. Asking audiences, especially in these post-covid-intermission times, to sit for 3+ hours is challenging to the point where it detracts from the work, at least it did for this audience member. I'm sure the show will tighten up during the run (this was their first performance and they missed a rehearsal or two due to a power outage), but on opening night it was very, well, loose.
But despite the fact that I was asked to stay awake, alert, and engaged way past my bedtime, I'm glad I was able to see this work. The main reason I do this is because I believe theater can change the world, and The Labyrinth and the Minotaur is a prime example of that. Giving voice to the voiceless, engendering empathy with some of the least privileged members of our society, shining light on a broken system that we as citizens have the power to change, through awareness, activism, volunteering, voting, and more. All while telling an engaging and entertaining story. I can't ask for much more than that from theater (other than a shorter runtime). Click here for details and to purchase pay-what-you-can tickets.