by Chris Lane
A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Evil is a story about a graduate school for super-villains, complete with students who fit into a range of super-villain stereotypes. Such an ambitious idea for a play is sure to be a challenge to execute properly, and unfortunately this production doesn’t quite manage to pull it off.
The plot seemed to be that the villains were trying to fight the local superhero while keeping up with their studies, although the superhero story seemed to take a backseat to the complex back-stories for all eight of the characters. The plot was such an afterthought that a few times, when one student reminds the other characters of the threat of the superhero, it seemed like the playwright himself had suddenly remembered what the plot was supposed to be.
There are a lot of funny lines in this play, and the audience did keep laughing right till the end. The costumes were great, and the cast was generally good save for a couple of weak links. Overall: relatively enjoyable, but could have been better.