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Public Servant

From 98 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

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?

Member Reviews (98)


Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Slow

Don't go public

See it if Remodeled theater complex in a convenient location is a draw. This Is Us fan who craves more of the writer.

Don't see it if Just don't.

Also Broadwater apt director surname. NC set play takes on too much water. ... Read more Read less

Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

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.

Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like a traditional theatre experience telling a familiar story with characters who are easy to like.

Don't see it if You want something new or exciting. This play is very cookie-cutter and, though I like much of Brunstetter's other work--I was disappointed

During previews
Production that is in dire need of a shot or two of adrenalin, Slow, Excruciating, Banal, Community theatre level of production

See it if you want to see a play that has some very good ideas but the production overall is not well executed.

Don't see it if a slowly paced drama puts you to sleep within the first few minutes. Many audience members were in dreamland throughout the play.

Also Chris Henry Coffey, who plays the title character, has serious project... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you feel the overall subject matter might appeal.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted piece of theater.

Also I was very disappointed. The acting was not strong. The lead did not s... Read more Read less

During previews
Underwritten, Safe, Disappointing

See it if You wanna see singing bland.

Don't see it if You want a full night if theatre

June 11th, 2019
“’Public Servant’ is the second part of a trilogy that started with Ms. Brunstetter’s ‘The Cake’...The new play is about parenthood, paternalism and what it means to work for the people...’The Cake’, though, is a more polished and organic work than ‘Public Servant’, whose plot and dialogue can se...
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June 6th, 2019
"A heartwarming vision of how life could be, if not a particularly enthralling drama...Although their performances feel broad, the three actors fully commit to each beat...Director Geordie Broadwater crafts some tender moments between the actors, but it's not enough to compensate for a sluggish p...
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June 7th, 2019
“Under Geordie Broadwater's direction, the action ambles at an unhurried pace, taking time for moments of insight into three sadly deprived lives...And sometimes Brunstetter's throwaway sense of humor casts a strangely revealing light...The cast is adept at inhabiting this scratchy, solitary trio...
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June 6th, 2019
"Edmund T. Morris' white picket fence that greets us inside Theatre Row for Theatre Breaking Through Barriers' world premiere of 'Public Servant' may not initially impress us, but it proves before long to be the ideal metaphor for Bekah Brunstetter's gripping play - it's both deceptively simple a...
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