How does Ari Roth, Mosaic Theater's artistic director, land these riveting, modern tales before anyone else?
Eureka Day is the progressives gone overboard. A mirror from the left looking at (laughing at) themselves. (Conservatives will adore it!)
It's hilarious. It's provoking, and it's another big hit at Mosaic.
Two men and three women make up the "executive committee" of a liberal private high school in Berkeley, California (where else?).
Never mind that public schools need all the attention and attendance they can get from wealthy liberal parents. (Think, the Clintons, the Obamas, and Sidwell Friends School; thank you very much, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter who sent their daughter, Amy, to public school when they occupied the White House.)
After all, these are our children for whom we should do the very best and who cares about anyone else? Ours simply must attend Eureka Day! Enough liberal thinking!
A new parent (Erica Chamblee) is the outlier at Eureka Day School who sits on the outside of the group watching the circus, waiting, an audience of one, representing us, the viewers.
Two others in the group, Eli (Elan Zafir) and Meiko (Regina Aquino) are having an affair, of course. Where would any contemporary sensible production be without this de rigueur practice?
Dancing Don (Sam Lunay) moves with the best of them, trying to keep everything and everybody in line, to reach "consensus" and maybe, everything won't be so bad.
Eureka has its serious moments, too, but, thankfully, not as many as the humorous ones. (I just came to laugh, after all. Vaccinations? What vaccinations? This is billed as a comedy.)
The music between scenes is divine. The first act ends too quickly and the second finishes much too fast for it all to be over, meaning I wanted it to go on and on.
The acting is superb, and the mannerisms drawn by Director Serge Seiden with such swooping and bending and looks, like those loved by audiences the world over.
Mar Cox and Thomas Nagata, the assistant stage manager, are also in the cast.
Creative team members include Andrew Cohen, set; Brittany Shemuga, lights;Brandee Mathies, costumes; David Lamont Wilson, sound; Deborah C. Thomas, properties; Shirley Serotsky, dramaturg; Claudia Rosales Waters, intimacy consultant; and Aril E. Carter, stage manager
What: Eureka Day by Jonathan Spector
When: Now through January 5, 2020, Monday, Dec. 30, and Thursday- Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees, 3 p.m.
Tickets start at $20. (Use discount code "2020" to get 20% off.)
Duration: About two hours with one 15-minute intermission.