Theater Breaking Through Barriers kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with this world premiere drama by Bekah Brunstetter ("This Is Us") about a county commissioner and a woman who needs his help. More…
In "Public Servant," Ed has been newly elected as county commissioner. Ed is one of the good ones. With his daughter Hannah by his side, he is going to change the world -- or at least his little corner of it. Meanwhile, all world-weary Miriam needs is for a city inspector to sign off on some paperwork. Disillusioned with the system but desperate, she turns to Ed for help with what should be a simple request. But in the world of politics, is anything ever simple?
See it if A show that starts out fine but spirals after an hour. Good set design and lighting and Ed 's role is well done.
Don't see it if If you dont want a show that gets needlessly political. If you dont want a political show that is pointless in its politics.
See it if you're a fan of TBTB, enjoy slight but edgy works, interested in civic vs. individual responsibilities, family relations, like optimism
Don't see it if not interested in issues faced by the disabled or out of touch elected officials, don't like father-daughter stories or awkward set changes
See it if Three who try to deal a clean hand in a political world stacked with wrong. Care given to avoid southern caricatures. TBTB.
Don't see it if TBTB. Picket fence set. Theatre with purpose often sacrifices theatricality, as in ALL the basics: What's left is a "yeah, but..."
Also Your tipping point might be "The Cake" or "This is Us."
See it if Great use of minimal set; not easy being a public servant or a father - then again, life isn't easy; caring conquers opposing viewpoints.
Don't see it if you want a fast paced play with action & snappy dialogue; sometimes the plot & the acting feel forced - is it the writing or direction?
See it if A local councilman deals with political issues & tries to meet the needs of both constituents & family; simple at first then it gets harder.
Don't see it if You are an ardent right to lifer. Many themes intertwined by three actors, confusing at times.
See it if You like small shows with talented casts, an interesting story, and great staging.
Don't see it if You want a story that has more depth. While the characters are interesting and the story worth telling it felt very one note.
See it if You enjoy plays contrasting the reality of life and politics with family relationships; if public service in general is a topic of interest.
Don't see it if You do not like confronting the realities and conflicts of public service. You do not like plots about complicated family relationships.
See it if You are a fan of this author and want to see a timely piece which is not as good as The Cake.
Don't see it if You need compelling drama to be satisfied in the theatre. This is interesting, but not a must-see.
See it if you want a slow, quiet, slice of life portrait of the modern South that doesn't trade on stereotypes; you like dialogue-heavy pieces
Don't see it if you need a flashy performance; you don't want frank engagement with ability or female sexuality; you aren't willing to wait for a payoff
See it if Young, idealist woman leaning left asks why commissioner dad is in pub service, for himself or for good? Disabled woman character is great.
Don't see it if Abortion is triggering. Slow for 80% until the end when things get more interesting.
See it if you're like TBTB productions and love supporting their efforts; you want a good story with 3 excellent actors
Don't see it if you only like musicals
See it if ... you'd like an interesting story about a local commissioner with family/parenting problems. Slow pacing. Understated writing and acting
Don't see it if .. you prefer high drama and intense conflict
See it if You want to see three wonderful actors, very creative set with fence becomes office/ garden/ kitchen all at once,family drama, pro life etc
Don't see it if You do not like slow plays that gives you slice of life
See it if you like very inclusive shows about relevant subjects or you like shows about hard-hitting topics. Great set design.
Don't see it if you're expecting a Bway-ready show, or a tight production. The script was very hit or miss, the directing needed to be tighter. Very slow.
See it if Cannot think of any reason anyone would like this.
Don't see it if Banal and poorly constructed story, with very poor staging and acting. Ending could be seen a mile away.
See it if You like theater based in realism where characters explore relevant issues like abortion, women's relationships with their bodies, power
Don't see it if you don't enjoy moral quandaries. Definitely don't see it if you are rigid in a solidly pro-life stance.
See it if you're hesitant to see something by a This Is Us writer, but are willing to give a small, well-acted play a chance.
Don't see it if you dislike small theaters. Can't think of another reason. This play is worthwhile.
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