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 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.
See it if you want to see topical issues dealing with government's role in our lives as it impacts a father & daughter.
Don't see it if you are adamant in your beliefs about women's reproductive rights and a Trump Republican.
See it if you enjoy heartwarming dramas with great acting and staging. Well told story about the choices we make in life and politics...go see it!
Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced, light-hearted show.
See it if Brings some humanity to the political landscape, and shines some light on ableism and political idealism
Don't see it if If you're looking for fast moving, or light hearted
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
See it if see it if you like dramas that aren’t too provocative or unsettling. It’s a thin story, nicely told and nicely acted, with a clever set.
Don't see it if You want your dramas to offer intense thought provoking substance,
See it if you don't mind a show whose story gradually unfolds. You like stories about relevant issues of today. You like small intimate theater.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span and need your theater to be akin to a video game. You prefer big, splashy productions.
See it if you don't mind good actors working through a piece that still needs work. See it if you'd like to see something that has great potential.
Don't see it if You didn't like the playwright's "The Cake" or if you don't want to see a play about social issues.
See it if First and foremost, I was impressed by an actress with physical challenges. After the first moment, you no longer notice.
Don't see it if If you're looking for a big, flashy show, this is not it. Its staging however is very clever.
See it if you want to see a new play that emphasizes realism and how a city alderman interacts with daughter and citizen grievance. Funny but serious
Don't see it if you want a play that makes you laugh a lot or takes life light heartedly. Sets are clever but minimal. It's not showy.
See it if Brunstetter's 2nd of a political trilogy set in North Carolina takes a time getting to subject matter (abortion) It's awkward but heartfelt
Don't see it if Broardwater's direction is often sluggish & Lentz's performance is amateurish but message is clear - all politics is local (and personal)
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 want to support an inclusive theatre company. You enjoy multi-plotted dramadies, ala This Is Us. You like character driven plays.
Don't see it if You want a focused play: A LOT of story crammed into 90 minutes & the stories jump around. You want more action, less character backstory.
See it if Shows life in public service is not the easy to get things done. Its about three people who are living life, and the doing the best they can
Don't see it if Subjects that are mention in this show, some are little and some are more Abortion Mental Health Politics This is not a musical or flashy
See it if you like a play with ordinary people who have ordinary problems. You get involved with the characters. The set is well done. Good acting.
Don't see it if you like lots of action or a flashy show.
See it if Well-acted three character drama about a (disabled) woman worried about the value of her dead mom's property due to a town decision.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear the pain of the lady's personal life. (Play runs 95 minutes but pacing could be picked up with fewer pauses.)
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.
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 A nice interweaving of personal stories, each w its own twist that takes place in a small town & addresses relevant issues. Quietly potent.
Don't see it if Not ok w languid pacing.(May get better thru prvws.) Plot incl talk of abortion. Can't forgive a few flaws incl a set that works & doesn't.
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 are like plays about a host of current issues, including politics, well drawn characterizations, human interrelationships & good acting.
Don't see it if you are tired of "hot button" political issues, people in distress and a somewhat manipulative & repetitive script .
See it if you want a slower-paced story that starts light and gets deeper. Great set! That's one heck of a picket fence.
Don't see it if you don't like small stories. This is the first weekend of previews, so I imagine chemistry between characters will improve.
See it if you want to understand nuance/stress of an official’s attempt to satisfy legitimate needs/wants of individuals as well as public and family.
Don't see it if you prefer light, happy, or uncontroversial themes, comedies, musicals, large casts/sets/theatres, or cannot sit 90 min. without interval.