Monday, June 22, 2009

Rock o'n'!

Performance: Rock 'n' Roll
Theater: Studio Theatre. 1501 14th St, NW
Metro stops: Dupont Circle -Red line or U Street/Cardozo-Green line
Genre: History
Cost: Tickets are $30. There is a $5 dollar student discount too. They may also have half price rush tickets 30 min before the show or you can usher (more here). Also, Goldstar has $22 tickets for those of you who are not students.
Dates: Through June 28
Rating: 3/5 Starving Artists

I guess I know very little about Czechoslovakian history during the 60's, 70's and 90's. This has never been a problem before, but it would have come in handy the night we saw Rock and Roll at the Studio Theatre. I enjoyed the play, but I frequently felt a little lost. I will say that I learned a lot, though I’m not sure if that is really the main reason I go the theater. The show was mostly well acted, with a few standout performances, notably Ted Van Griethuysen as Max and Lisa Harrow as Eleanor/. Ultimately, though, I think the play should come with a required reading list.

Rock and Roll has a number of intriguing storylines (too many, in fact). It has a bunch of romances and a few unrequited loves. It has a subplot exploring freedom of musical expression as an indicator of political freedom. It has a lot to say about the merits of communism in theory, and the problems with communism in practice. It speaks of ideals and hopes, of pragmatism and reality. You can say lot of things about Rock and Roll, but you cannot say that it doesn’t have a lot on its mind. It’s a play that makes you think, and if that’s what you’re looking for, then I think you’ll be quite happy.

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