Arts A Post-Play Discussion that Actually Sounds Interesting
I haven’t had the chance to see it yet, but Jen Graves truly dug Louis Slotin Sonata (about the scientist who accidentally radiated himself to death while working on the Manhattan Project in 1946) at the Empty Space, even if not unreservedly. From her review:
Despite multilayered performances from each actor (Kate Czajkowski also deserves mention for her roles as Slotin’s distraught nurse and a Mother Nature forced to waltz with Mengele) and rich, warm moments in the script, the sole musical number makes the greatest impression. How could it not? It is performed against the backdrop of a floor-to-ceiling Nazi flag and stars Mengele bragging about his continuing presence in the world, from Ground Zero to Baghdad. I loved the feeling that the play was exploding into something outrageous—it was like Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and KISS rolled together—but grimaced at the way the song-and-dance lazily simplified evil through this monstrous character and his white-coated servants doing a frantic Charleston. Authors are notorious for being symbolically unaccountable in dream sequences, and this sequence has run away with itself: Equating the Manhattan Project scientists with Mengele is more provocative than evocative.
Playwright Paul Mullin has been hosting a series of post-play discussions about science, nuclear proliferation, and ethics and he’s particularly excited about tonight’s guest: Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. (the “Ambassador” is part of his name), an arms control specialist that Mullin says “has been part of every major arms talk and nonproliferation treaty for the past 30 years.”
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