There are three weekends left to catch THE WHIPPING MAN at The Pasadena Playhouse. This Matthew Lopez’s award winning play is the fourth production of the 2014-15 season at the theater. Stage and television star Charlie Robinson, who you may recognize from NBC’s show “Night Court,” plays Simon. The production also stars Adam Haas Hunter and Jarrod M. Smith. It is directed by Martin Benson.
The story is set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Caleb (Hunter), a Confederate captain, arrives injured back at home. His family is missing, and he finds only two of his former slaves – Simon and John. There is a bullet in Caleb’s leg that must be taken care of by the other two men, in a scene that is both amazing and horrifying.
The time that follows is one of physical recovery for Caleb, and of emotional and spiritual recovery for all. This is a Jewish home, a faith that was also adopted by the now free men. As the three of them humbly celebrate on the eve of the Passover seder, out come their secrets, their memories of their scarred pasts, and their fears of their uncertain futures. Ultimately, the strength of their ties is tested.
THE WHIPPING MAN demands you to reflect on a most difficult time in America. It gives a look into this country’s history that is not only powerful, but also inspiring. Although this is a drama, the author masterfully weaved it with bits of humor and wit. The minutes go by fast as you watch this play of two acts (with one 15-minute intermission), because the subject matter is riveting and the actors’ delivery impressive.
THE WHIPPING MAN performs at the Playhouse until March 1. Single tickets are $30.00 – $75.00 and are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org and by calling the Box Office at 626-356-7529. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena 91101.