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The Rosenberg / Strange Fruit Project (Twilight Theatre Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

Despite a strong moral message, and being based on an interesting true story guaranteed to fuel a trip down a wikipedia wormhole, this play never quite achieves its potential. John Jiler is endearingly charming as the narrator, and a raft of characters, accompanied by skilled clarinettist Sweet Lee Odom. Strong performances aside, however, the script is disjointed, skipping forward through time inconsistently and lacking in a central character to anchor things. The one-man-show format isn’t quite right for the material, as it leaves problematic ideas and thoughts unchallenged. While it’s clear that the audience and performers disagree with the right-wing views some characters espouse, we nevertheless crave the rebuttal, the dismissal, the vindication. Admirable, ambitious, but not wholly successful, sadly.

Assembly Rooms, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]