Lillian Hellman's "The Autumn Garden" is getting a rare production courtesy of Eclipse Theatre Company. It's an interesting play that creates drama out of mature relationships; listening to the text, one truly gets a sense of the history behind these characters. However, Eclipse's production is wildly uneven. This is an ensemble piece, which means that the show thrives on the collective energy the actors emit (Ian Rickson's "The Seagull" hit the bulls eye). The women fare better than the men, but most of the time, these actors individually look like they are acting in a void (note: louder does not necessarily equate to better). Also, a decent-looking set turns out to be sight line-wise.
Rating: ** (out of *****)