Decadence, Inc.: Arena’s You, Nero and Signature’s Hairspray, considered.
Danny Scheie as Nero and Susannah Schulman as Poppaea. (SCOTT SUCHMAN/Arena Stage)
Amy Freed’s You, Nero,
is, as I opine
in today’s City Paper, a clever play about the limits of art as a humanizing influence. Or maybe the limits of mediocre
art as a humanizing influence.
Or maybe it’s about how a bad upbringing can damage you beyond the reach of art’s rehabilitative prowess.
Or mediocre art’s rehabilitative . . . I’m still thinking about this, is the point. Which suggests Freed was successful, even if the ending is kind of a mess.
I also reviewed Signature Theatre’s Hairspray, which is an uncomplicated delight. I’m getting my parents tickets for Christmas.
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