I really enjoyed the writing and the performances.
My overall impression
“The High Captain” is a true satire. I feel like American Culture has been bereft of good satire- mostly because it is often misinterpreted as cutting too close to the bone. This play really reveals, both allegorically and literally, the kind of drug-induced Dante’s Inferno that has become American contemporary politics. It’ll disturb you; make you squirm at times in your seat; but it will amuse you; entertain you; and, at the very least, vindicate you. Jude Evans gives a tour de force performance as the reprehensible political candidate Thon. He feels eerily similar to a leader we know all too well. Heather Lynn also gives a memorable performance as his political opposition, with an inner demon masquerading as a serious digestive disorder (so topical!) The entire cast really weaves the audience into their dark web of gas-huffing, desert-island political absurdity so well that I found myself believing that this was a post-modern elegy based on true events. Eager to see it again this Sunday.