As far as entertainment value goes, Hammond and director Michael Bordwell try to incorporate physical comedy and sight gags as a means to garner laughs. And it actually could have worked with the right group of performers. Sadly, the ensemble didn’t quite fit the needs of the piece, with perhaps the exception of the gender-benders. London Griffith as Nietzsche went all out in her performance. And it was fun to watch. Katherine Wessling was dominating, and funny, as God. Her material may have been the strongest of Hammond’s script and Wessling capitalized on it. With the story ultimately falling on the back of Immanuel Kant, Vincent Bivona was forced to step into a geeky leading man role. Bivona wasn’t quite able to live up to the challenge.
Casting can play a huge part into the success of a play. If the actors aren’t quite grasping the text, it’s hard to ask an audience to play along. Set Yet in Motion is a smart script. But this ensemble didn’t quite seem like the right fit.