Moral Fixation (Originally titled Boys Will Be Boys)

ensemble theatre · cara loften · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 10, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: provocative · vulnerable · relevant · Truth

What I liked

I liked the timelessness of it, while at the same time there’s a very current relevancy (men in politics and media not respecting women, women speaking up, etc). The dialogue was believable. The characters were clearly diverse in age and background yet all relatable. Even those who might not have personal experience with some of the subject matter will definitely have an opinion about it, which almost ensures the viewer an experience of getting to know oneself and others better after leaving the show. That’s an effective theater experience! It worked because it made me feel an entire range of emotions and also question my own beliefs and why I believe them.

What I didn't like

There were many moments when the dialogue felt forced too fast; real, casual dialogue between close friends/relatives would unfold more slowly, with more pause…
Or I could just be reaching for constructive criticism because it’s hard to come up with!

My overall impression

I loved the show. I was along for every minute. I laughed. Almost cried. The characters were endearing and vulnerable, as was the content. Overall incredibly provocative, in a good way, but on multiple levels. Raises solid questions about morality, society, human behavior and relationships (I overheard other audience members saying the same thing), inspiring much reflection and conversation since seeing it. Really really well done, I highly recommend!

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