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'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 like important messages in a play that needs better direction. TBTB goals are great and worthy of support.
Don't see it if you want great interaction among the characters. Difficult to enjoy with hard-to-hear male actor, overly warm theater & uncomfortable seat.
See it if You are interested in the company Theatre Breaking Through Barriers and their efforts to present a play.
Don't see it if You can’t deal with a plot that develops excruciatingly slowly and a play in which there seems to be long pauses between spoken dialogue.
See it if you enjoy exploring the lives of characters who try to be good but don't always succeed and of characters with disabilities.
Don't see it if you expect realistic, three dimensional characters who act in complex nuanced ways. These characters were made for TV.
See it if You want a piece investigating reproductive health and how politics relate to a community.
Don't see it if You want a well paced show, with actors responding to each other. Such long pauses, the actors were acting, not reacting.
See it if You want to see a not very original message play about women's rights (abortion) and plight of the middle class (also fertility problems).
Don't see it if You are a theatergoer accustomed to more original, higher-quality off-Broadway productions.
See it if You like slow-paced drama, with little humor. Plays with a germ of an idea that is barely developed. Adequate acting, awkward direction.
Don't see it if You crave a play that makes you think beyond the obvious, acting that finds complexity of a character. You hate pause-inspired performances
See it if You are interested in the company Theater Breaking Through Barriers and their efforts to present a play.
Don't see it if you have no tolerance for self indulgent characters who make no significant connection to each other or the audience
See it if you enjoy good staging and decent acting by an interesting company.
Don't see it if you don't like talky, fraught interpersonal relationships and a civil service overlay. Main character did not project-strained to hear.