In this production, by stripping it down, the defects of the book become more apparent. I am no longer distracted by the glorious score. Thus, by the time we get to the last two scenes wherein we see that the main characters started out as hopefulls, I disliked them so much that I didn’t care about them. Perhaps if they were better singers I would have cared about them more. However, ‘‘twas not to be in this production.