18 December 2020

Catholic-Themed Play Goes Mainstream in Philadelphia

Just watched this play online that a friend suggested: Heroes of the Fourth Turning.

It's produced by a Philadelphia, PA theater (Wilma Theater).

Synopsis: "Four Catholic conservative friends gather at a late-night backyard party in Wyoming, shortly before the 2017 eclipse. As they wait for the arrival of their mentor and newly appointed college president, secret passions and fears surface, revealing their troubled place in a divided country."

It was interesting. Worth the watch? It's definitely dramatic. Had quite a bit of name dropping and theology/philosophy that was unusual for a play. It worked though.

It did win awards:
"Winner of the 2020 Obie Award for Playwriting!
"Best Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award!
"Outstanding Play, Lucille Lortel Award!
"Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!"

I would give it an award for making Conservative Catholics relatable and flawed without making them into devils incarnate.

Well, sort-of devils: I don't know if the possession was necessary. Well, maybe.

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