Month: September 2021

Review: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at Theater Wit

Review: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY at Theater Wit

I find it obvious to state that Theater Wit’s revival of Anne Washburn’s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY is a prescient choice for the company’s first live production since March 2020. Washburn’s 2012 play takes place in three acts — in the very near future, seven years after that, and 75 years after that — in the wake of a mysterious illness and other disasters that have wiped out a substantial portion of the United States population. The parallels to the current pandemic moment are evident, even though the play was written well before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Weschler’s staging, however, primarily highlights another theme of MR. BURNS: The idea that we turn to art in times of immense pain and difficulty. 

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