Peering across the great generational divide of those who were weaned on Rowen and Martin’s Laugh-In, a television sketch program that ran from 1968 to 1973, to last night’s workshop production of Found at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, it seems that times have not changed all that much. Everyone likes things that are funny. And people will easily spend an hour or two watching little bits of life that make them laugh. All it takes are odd bits of notes – often embarrassing – in which people can recognize themselves, their friends and family.
For three weeks the artistic company of Found has been encamped in the Berkshires, working on a show that is built from little scraps of paper that were found serendipitously. Last night’s work in progress showing proved that the kids are alright. They are hot on the trail of an innovative work that could signal a new format and direction for contemporary theatre, though it is more likely to stand alone as a sentinel, a marker for theatre’s future.