Leni & Joseph at the New Ohio Theatre

I recently saw a production of a new play by Jacob Marx Rice at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street.  It runs only three more performances and is worth seeing.  You can find more information at:

https://www.theshelternyc.org/production/threshold-2017/

I have been fortunate to be part of a playwrights group with Jacob and I can attest that he is a talented, energetic and passionate writer.  Here he has taken on the story of Leni Riefenstahl and Joseph Goebbels between 1933 and 1945.  It is a fascinating and difficult partnership that Jacob has taken on.  It is a lesser examined true story inside the Third Reich that has been waiting to be exposed.  The script was ably performed and well presented.  Unfortunately there is only incremental changes in the power dynamics between the two and while it encompasses earth shattering years, the personal story seems stuck in one gear.  Fortunately the playwright keeps you fully engaged in his story.

Two small quibbles.  The casting of a blue eyed Aryan type for Goebbels was jarring to a history fan such as myself.  The actor was very talented and I can see him being chosen to stand in for Germany if not for historical accuracy.  Also, there was no program distributed and while you are directed to find it on line, you cannot then download it.  Sigh, with my collection of theater programs I feel lost in this modern digital world.  Boy am I old.

If you can catch this show I highly recommend it so that you can see a new young talent on the rise.  There will be many more worthy scripts from Jacob Marx Rice.

OOB The Shelter Threshold Leni & Joseph

As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes

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