But there are also some hammy and distracting performances in the first act. In addition, there's a technical problem. It's hard to imagine any small theater company having the resources to come up with the dazzling set demanded by Sunday in the Park, but the visual element is crucial. At the Nomad Theatre, the set is flimsy, fails to hide some essential wiring and sometimes looks as if it's been painted on bedsheets. Also, the stage is small, crowding the actors and throwing off the spacing of the figures in the painting.
Making art is about striving for the impossible. Seurat tried to capture the quality of light using dots of color; Sondheim and playwright James Lapine translated from one art form into another, illuminating both in the process. And working on a shoestring -- and despite some problems -- the Trouble Clef Theatre Company has managed to communicate the essence of this charming, challenging and intellectually stimulating work.