I feel like this production is THE one that gets the Thenardiers. They get laughs because they make people SO uncomfortable that some sort of response is prompted, and they’re not shocking enough to make people scream, it’s just…unease, unhappiness, CONSTANTLY. And especially for the kids, the not-cute kids, the not-sweet kids, who people treat as responsible for their parents and forget and overlook.
AAAGH this production hits so hard.
Yes, that’s it, that’s it exactly – they make people uncomfortable. The entire production does! And it’s very deliberate – the characters aren’t easy to love, they’re not easy even to like, they’re not easy to want to emulate.