This cult classic simply didn't translate into theater magic in this production by Buck Creek Players. Blackouts that punctuated scenes lasted an average of 30 seconds killed any momentum; if the crew in the booth and on stage could pick up the pace, the three-hour play could be shaved by a half-hour.
Still, the title characters of the show shone. Evan Reed as the macabre Harold had a wonderful deadpan as the isolated and quirky young man whose penchant for fake suicides has made him an outcast. Serita Borgeas captivated as the creative Maude. But their performances couldn't be saved from uneven direction by Cheryl Fesmire, who is ultimately responsible for pacing issues and awkward staging. Through April 1 at Buck Creek Playhouse.