Earlier this month, I wrote a column boasting how this past year was the best year for plays as far back as I can remember. I stated that if each play had premiered in different years from one another, they each would have won the Tony.
While each show was excellent for a variety of reasons, none has kept me thinking more and more than Paula Vogel's "Indecent". The play recounts the controversy surrounding the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, for which the cast of the original production were arrested on the grounds of obscenity.
The play cuts deep, to say the least. It's a powerful piece that is always captivating. And for 2017, it's become required viewing.
With our headlines being dominated by stories of homophobia, censorship, and anti-Semitism, work like this becomes teachable and can spark ideas and much-needed discussion.
Which is why I was so happy to see it receive an 11th-hour reprieve from its closing date and extended through August 6th. To say you should take advantage of this extension if you're able is an understatement.
If you're a Broadway fan of any kind, you need to see "Indecent". If you're a student studying acting and want to see it in its finest form, you need to see "Indecent". If you're a young director looking for a mentor, Rebecca Taichman is it and you need to see "Indecent". If you're an aspiring playwright, you need to see "Indecent", because it features some of the very best writing I've ever heard on stage.
All in all, you need to see "Indecent".