Review: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Theatre Wit (Through October 31, 2021)

In the opening act, you learn that nuclear plants across the country are exploding and causing widespread illness and a heavy blow to civilization. For the second act, which takes place seven years later, the group is traveling the country recreating episodes of television, such as The Simpsons, including the commericals. Lastly, in the third act, which takes place 75 years later, the performance becomes a full on psychedelic musical.

In the email audiences receive after purchasing tickets, the theatre recommends watching the “Cape Feare” episode from season 5 of The Simpsons. However, I would recommend exactly the opposite. The first act of this play is mainly them recalling the plot and dialogue of this episode. If you had just seen the episode, the jokes won’t be funny the second time you hear them. Instead, I would only recommend watching other episodes of the show to get familiar with the characters. On the other hand, it may be useful to watch the film, Cape Fear, the understand the movie references.

(front, from left) Will Wilhelm, Daniel Desmarais, (back, from left) Andrew Jessop and Ana Silva in Theater Wit’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Photo credit: Charles Osgood Photography

Jonah D. Winston has an impressive on stage presence across all the roles he plays.  The rest of the cast includes Leslie Ann Sheppard, Eileen Doan, Andrew Jessop, Tina Munoz Pandya, Ana Silva, Will Wilhelm, and Daniel Desmarais. On this night, Derek Self and Trey DeLuna played the parts normally play Andrew Jessop.

Leslie Ann Sheppard (left) and Andrew Jessop. Photo credit: Charles Osgood Photography

The costumes for this production may be the best part. In the second act, they have very funny home made costumes. Then, in the third act, they up the ante and go all out. Props to the costume designers, Mara Blumenfeld and Meika Van Der Ploeg.

Tina Muñoz Pandya (left) and Ana Silva. Photo credit: Charles Osgood Photography

Get tickets now for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play through October 31st.

Cost of a ticket: $35 – $45

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price –

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn

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