The book, by Alfred Uhry, is based on historical events of 100 years ago, the "tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder.” It certainly supports Peppermint’s mission to present theatre that makes us think… and this time not very highly, of the tribalistic, bigoted, self-serving, citizens of Georgia — and by extension, many similarly motivated factions, today. How much have we/haven’t we changed?
The evolving love story between the accused, Leo Frank (Adam Woolsey) and his wife (Mary Maurer)— both outstanding singers and actors —plus the governor’s (Bob Purosky) change of heart, gave us threads of hope for humanity, and people to root for. All the singers were good, mastering tricky music — with standout voices from Ben Cassidy, Joe Baumann, Joe Quick, Benjamin Knapp, and Rachael Raymer.
Parade continues at 8pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2pm Sun through November 16 - $18/$15
Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing, MI 48911 (north off Miller, just west of south Cedar Street)
Free parking is adjacent to the building, or in the parking lot just next to the building, in front of North Elementary School. www.peppermintcreek.org - Friday 11/7 is already sold out.