Napoli, Brooklyn

Napoli, Brooklyn
Written by Meghan Kennedy
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Roundabout Theatre Company
June 17, 2017
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๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ out of 5.

This play was trying to do to much. ย It was trying to tell the story of a true life plane crash in the early 1960’s that destroyed a good section of Brooklyn. ย It also seeks to tell the story of a family with an abusiveย father who isย trying to break out and break free. ย It is also a coming out story about a young girl embracing herself as a lesbian. ย It is also about the end of the 1950’s and the embrace of the radically unsettled world of the 1960’s. ย THAT is a lot. ย I had wished the play covered less ground and covered it more fully.

The problem I had with the family at the center of the story is that I (the audience) never got to experience the family in its “normal” before the big fight that damaged them. ย I never got connected to a character before I witnessed their world turned upside down. ย This made it very hard for me to care for anyone in the play. ย I found the lesbian daughter’s fleeing the country in her teenage years a bit unbelievable. ย I did find the story of the daughter who had always assumed that she was the stupid one – – finally being open to exploring more school to get further ahead in life. ย I liked her quiet believable story. ย I wish we had more time with her.

I will not give to much of the play but there is an enormous event at the end of Act 1 – very enormous. ย My fear though is that the audience leaving the theatre will do nothing but talk about this technical marvel and forget the story – they were the night I saw it.

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