DCist: American Idiot
Welcome to a new kind of tension: Keegan Theatre’s production of American Idiot has the right sense of youthful urgency and earnestness that befits the Green Day rock opera …
Matthew Keenan’s abstract abandoned-building set (its broken windows often splashed with 2000-era media symbols) properly captures the show’s tone. A young, diverse cast energetically brings to life the unarticulated anguish the teens are experiencing: smart, loose choreography drives this home in numbers like the defiant “Holiday.”
… Though the show’s vitality is clearly visible in upbeat numbers like “American Idiot” and “Jesus of Suburbia,” it’s those songs of quiet desperation that stay with the audience: the plaintive “Give Me Novocaine,” the haunting “Before The Lobotomy,” and most of all the wrenching “21 Guns.” Just try to witness that gorgeous, desolate anthem and not get chills.
DATEMarch 18, 2016