I wrote about a production of "See How They Run":
What makes a comedy funny? The question is dangerous territory according to E.B. White (“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog -- you understand it better but the frog dies in the process”).
But for director Barta Lee Heiner, one important answer is simple: pacing. Comedies, she said, should be played faster than dramas.
“A lot of it has to do with pacing,” Heiner said in a phone interview. “You can take a Shaw piece that’s a comedy, and if you play it really slow, it will seem like Eugene O’Neil.”