Theatre

Sea Marks

When: Feb. 4-21 2009

The first clue to the tone of the Dartmouth Players’ production of Sea Marks is the moody piano and flute duet playing behind the sound of screeching gulls as the play opens. “This is going to be slow and contemplative,” says the music. Fair enough. But the fact that the music swoops and loops behind the two actors (Rob McIntyre and Angela Butler) during the entire first scene seems heavy-handed and annoying; as if the director doesn’t trust his actors or the playwright to convey the mood with words. McIntyre is charming as the “primitive” fisherman Colm who falls for the big-city girl, and Butler (who looks eerily like Helen Hunt) does a great job with the complex character of Timothea, making her likeable despite her neediness. But the play, which strives to be something like a combination of Pygmalion and Splash, is dragged down by its glacial pacing, so that it ultimately misses its mark.-Kate Watson.

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