The Guardian's theater critic, Lyn Gardner, in an insightful piece entitled, "In Praise Of Boring Plays", writes:
On his website One Writer and His Dog, the playwright David Eldridge is posing a really interesting question: can theatre be difficult and popular at the same time? It is pertinent, because work that challenges the status quo, in terms of form and its use of tools, is often hard work for us in the audience, too. On the surface, Forced Entertainment's Exquisite Pain might seem boring. For over two hours, without an interval, a man and a woman sit side by side and give testimony about the experience of suffering. Just at the point when you think you can't bear it any more, you realise that what you are watching is transcendent and magnificent - and that only by enduring it can you find its pure beating heart.
John Cage had a point when he talked about music in relationship to boredom. His advice was that if something bored the pants off you for two minutes, you should try it for four, and if that still didn't work, "try it for eight, 16, 32 and so on. Eventually one discovers it's not boring but very interesting."
Perhaps. But sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.