|The production is embarrassing. Right off the bat, a character appears in an obvious stunt-double trick, sings a few lines, and then disappears offstage leaving the stage empty while he climbs a backstage staircase to make a momentary entry on a second level. Sing a few lines - disappear again. Sure, it's covered by music, but an empty stage for 20 sec twice? In the first 3 min? Director screwed up the rest of it too, staging clumsy improbabilities over and over. Poor singers never had a chance. Also, it was impossible to figure out when the story was being told time-wise. Scenic and costume discrepancies sort of indicated there might be a concept at play, but not what it was. The set did everything it could to keep the action in the worst place possible. Finally, the amount of pounding and hammering and so forth backstage at intermission is the worst I've ever heard. Not expected at the Met.