Written by Greg Pierce
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
January 14, 2018
💉 out of 5.
In all the plays in all the world – why would anyone chose to do this play? I just don’t get it I am not sure what someone in authority was about when they read this play and said, “This is what I need to commit valuable time and resources to.” Why? Why? Why? This was one of those plays that I sat in the middle of a full house and peeked out to my fellow audience members to see if anyone was getting more out of this play then I was – cause I wasn’t getting anything. I was not interested in any of the characters or their struggles. I didn’t believe them and certainly didn’t believe the “development” of the story. There wasn’t an ending moment (much less a climax) where everything came together except a gun shot that no one on stage seemed to care about and the concern on the freshness of hospital muffins.
It has a rather interesting pemise: How can one rescue a dying town that has lost its industry? Would a gimmick work? What if we painted the entire town red? Would that weirdness be enough to attract tourists and hotels – ( that IS a cool idea) but then when it became about immigrant Chinese exploiting the event it just got dumb. The love affair with the mayor and the originator of he red city – didn’t believe it. Didn’t care. The magic of a town going “red” didn’t see it – didn’t wow me. The struggle of a widowed baker and her intellectually challenge son being displaced – didn’t care. And the invasion of Chinese tour busses ? ? ? Please!
I love theatre. I have multiple degrees in theatre. I am ADDICTED to theatre – but Cardinal – – why dear Lord – why?