It’s not much of a stretch to hop from the Joseph Family of Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution, to the Apple family of Richard Nelson’s quartet of “Apple Family Plays,” the first installment of which began previews this week at Studio Theatre with That Hopey Changey Thing, a play originally written for The Public Theater in New York and commissioned to open on the very night on which it was set, election night, November 2, 2010. Our student subscribers and I attended the second preview and met with director Serge Seiden after the performance. We’ll be back next Thursday night as well for part II, Sweet and Sad. I shared my micro impressions right after the show on facebook:
…Beautiful writing, acting, producing and all the rich Chekhovian affect one could hope for save the element of any interior plot development. Lots of inroads to character, but their action-lines? Like the extended dinner conversation that comprises the time span of the play, themes develop and recede; life and manners and political and social mores are revealed and then…? It’s all to be continued in the next installment. And then the next… Lovely and stimulated all the same, and sharply political in the debates it chooses to pursue–as well as richly meta-theatrical. Made me wanna write and write, and that’s the best compliment I can give a play–to wanna emulate it.
Now an opportunity to hear from others. As we look forward to our return visit in just a few days!