The Guardian questions whether American audiences will be as receptive to the Lucy Prebble play as English ones.
Apparently there is doubt. The article discusses a brief recreation of 9/11, which is all well and good if you’re a Brit who didn’t have to ingest jet fuel on that fateful day, but perhaps New Yorkers might take a more sombre tone with that event.
Plus the big stars are not name-brands.
From my point of view, these aren’t the major problems with the play. Indeed, the hindrance to getting butts in chairs is that the economy in the USA doesn’t feel like a laughing matter. Just last summer, SEIU members picketed the homes of AIG executives. Oil executives were denigrated by no less than the President. People have an unfair and class-envy based hatred of executives right now.
My beliefs about the Enron executives are well known and I leave no room for doubt: with the exception of a very small group in the Global Finance group, they’re innocent. However, I know that many do not believe that. If they still hate Enron execs as much as they hate today’s whipping boy – insurance execs – I don’t expect the play to be as grand a success as it was in Britain.
That said, I still want tickets.