That said, it still might have been wiser for the Players of Sarasota production to stick closer to the original, for the audience’s sake. Instead, director Jeffery Kin has taken the opportunity to contemporize the story, originally published more than 250 years ago, of a naïve young man (Candide, played by Kirk Hughes) and his disaster-filled journey through what his tutor, Dr. Pangloss (Cliff Roles) has instructed him is the best of all possible worlds. Some of his choices work better than others. Too often, they just prove distracting and even confusing in a picaresque story that already moves us very quickly from one awful adventure to the next.
Cast members of the Players of Sarasota production of Candide.