The show is an entirely sung-through crazy quilt of Green Day songs (the musical also includes music from the band’s “21st Century Breakdown”) and like, Mamma Mia!, any story is loosely fitted around the narrative of the songs. The result is a rather derivative coming of age story between the three young men where the audience is asked to fill in way too many blanks.
Just don’t think about the superficial treatment of race—having a rainbow tribe of young people writhing on stage is not the same as giving them interesting or authentic characters to play. Or perhaps more egregious, gender. The women in this musical are either constantly flashing their drawers, one-dimensional sex vixens, objects of fantasy or so incidental to the action you wonder why the creators even bothered in the first place. For heaven’s sake, they don’t give two of the main characters proper names. To be fair, the men spend quite a lot of time in their skivvies as well.
Green Day’s American Idiot
Closes May 12, 2013
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
12 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission
Tickets: $35- $120
Thursday thru Sunday
Details and Tickets or call 410.547.SEAT