I'm the actor who spoke the line with which this review begins. It was a sell-out house the night David Templeton attended, and the second the show ended, the audience, after an hour of rapt attention and visible tears, was on their feet wildly applauding. For an hour the whole theater had felt like a troubled union hall, actors improvising as angry, hungry workers in and around the audience, as scenes unfolded before them. After the play there was a passionate discussion of current labor and immigration issues in Santa Rosa that felt like Act 2 of Odets' play. If you prefer rehashed Broadway comedies and musicals, God bless you. This is theater with cajones for people who have same (mutatis mutandis for gender.) PASSION, PULSE, AND POWER: that's my idea of theater, but, like I say, if you haven't got the ha'penny to feel it, God bless you. There's plenty of kultchural events around town (a few of which this reviewer lovingly describes) that will make you laugh and leave catchy melodies in your head without the bother of an opened heart or an exploded mind. On the other hand, if you want theater that will take your breath away--well, not my friend David's, apparently, but most of the rest of the audience--THIS IS IT.
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