Vivian Neuwirth's new drama creates a deeply personal reflection on the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Confederacy of Dunces. " More…
From the show:
Before he was an author, John Kennedy Toole was a teacher. That’s how Lisette, one of his students at an all-girl’s college in New Orleans, knew him and loved him.
Through her eyes, amid the music, magic, and mystery of The Big Easy we, too, learn to love “Mr. Toole.” The teacher a student will never forget becomes a legend the world will always remember.
See it if you are interested in Mr Toole and his history, (though too drawn out).
Don't see it if you can't tolerate poorly done southern accents, excessive loud nagging and shrieking by the mother, vague hints of other issues.
See it if you are a fan of Confederacy of Dunces, interested in overbearing mothers, or have sympathy for the pain of rejection on the creative spirit
Don't see it if you have little patience for low-budget productions or a script that could probably benefit from an edit or two.
See it if Great acting and portrayal of repression, grief and mother's love. Interesting story well-told. Shades of Tennessee Williams.
Don't see it if You are triggered by suicide. Expect a full out theatrical production. Are frustrated with small spaces.
See it if You are a fan of John Kennedy Toole or A Confederacy of Dunces. You enjoy developmental theater cleverly executed on a shoestring.
Don't see it if You are looking for big production values or a breezy theater experience. This offers neither.
See it if While it's not perfect, the writer has created a wonderful world for the actors to perform in. And the actors deliver. All of them.
Don't see it if You expect a perfect show, as this one is clearly in development. It's quite moving.
See it if curious about J. K. Toole's life and how Confederacy of Dunces became a classic after his death, enjoy mother-son stories, bio-dramas
Don't see it if not a fan of Toole or his masterwork, don't enjoy slightly staged works using same set for multiple locations or unnecessary flashbacks
See it if You want to know a little bit about John Kennedy Toole. A lot about mother blaming.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of histrionic acting. irritating characters irritatingly portrayed. why 2 hours when so little is said.
See it if You’d like 2 hrs on John Kennedy Toole & his struggle to write & get recognition, a battle taken on by his mother after his death. Strong.
Don't see it if You dislike a biographic, Toole, or Confederacy of Dunces or dislike long plays.