‘Resisters’ tackles issues with catchy tunes

In the Reviewer’s Chair
Published: 8/14/2019 9:03:37 PM

How good is the latest Andy’s Summer Playhouse musical production, “The Resisters?” Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I teared up within the first two minutes. The musical, penned by Jared Mezzochi with music by Duncan Pelletier, isn’t necessarily a tear-jerker, but as a longtime Patriots fan, watching a chorus of children recreate Jermaine Kearse’s juggling catch from Super Bowl 49, and the ensuing Malcolm Butler interception, was enough to get my tear ducts running like Marshawn Lynch.

The plot follows a rag-tag bunch of girls out to form their own high school football team. Get ready to feel feelings; the journey tackles issues like fitting in, gender equality and even, through the flashback subplot of the Carlisle Indians football team’s formation in the early 20th century, a look at our country’s history with the Native American people.

Those hopelessly tuned-in types may see parallels to the United States Women’s National Soccer Team and their fight for equal pay; or, take it at face value, a fun, funny romp put on by a group of talented youngsters, learning on the fly and making their mark (the Andy’s kids rewrote the entire second act to better reflect their views on gender equality). Add in some impossibly catchy tunes – you’ll be singing ‘Who am I?’ for weeks afterward – and you’ve got a sure thing.

There are three more chances to catch this play – Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.andyssummerplayhouse.org.




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