Jennifer Chung Klam’s review of GOOD BOYS

May 30, 2009

The first review of the show is out! You can read it here.

‘Good Boys’ at Mandell Weiss Forum Studio

Mo’olelo explores lingering effects of violence
By Jennifer Chung Klam
Posted on Sat, May 30th, 2009
Last updated Sat, May 30th, 2009

 

 How well can we know our children? It’s a common question among parents of angst-filled teens struggling to find their way in the world. But in “Good Boys,” it comes from the white father of a boy involved in a Columbine-type school shooting. James’ rhetorical question is meant as a sort of defense, in response to the relentless prodding by a black father whose son was killed in the shooting.

 In its last production in residence at La Jolla Playhouse, Mo’olelo continues its mission of presenting socially conscious works with a well-cast, powerful production of Jane Martin’s emotionally charged play. Examining issues of parental responsibility, racial tensions and forgiveness, “Good Boys” peels back layers of “the puzzle of this thing” to get at a sense of healing.

….Mo’olelo capably demonstrates the devastating and long-lasting effects of this kind of all too common violence, crafting an intense, visceral and at times grueling journey well worth taking.

Read the entire review here.

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