Back to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. We can focus on the facts of a situation, event or play, or we can surrender ourselves to the feel of it. But focusing on facts, or being in "critic" mode, means we lose perspective of the spirit of the thing; gaining that perspective means we are compromised observers. In essence, there is no way to be both a detached observer and an involved participant. And based on my observation, this production of Copenhagenlacks the vitality and energy needed to entice the audience into becoming actively involved in the experience, which the play as written certainly possesses. In this case, theory is far more exciting than practice.
Copenhagen at the Laguna Playhouse, 404 Moulton Pkwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-0747. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m. Through Feb. 3. $42-$49.