Reviewed By: Michael Monteiro
In American history you'll find few families as iconic as the Kennedy's. Jacky, Bobby, and Johnny, all New England boys of privilege each able to swoon the ladies and gain political backing. The Kennedy's tragic history and alluring jet black hair, place them with such iconic pop culture faces as Elvis Presley or James Dean.
"All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy" by Kristen Palmer takes place throughout a college campus, with a war in full swing and a new form of youth discovering the power of their voice. Our heroine, a young woman with a rising hope brought on by her love for the certain politician, is beginning to see a world where she can make a difference, and the wrongs of this world, she can help make right.
Elee Schrock's strong performance as Gracie is what carries the production through. Just in her own physical being, she illuminates all the reverie that the play speaks of, but is able to carry it through to the tragedy at hand. Rachel Staelen's direction sets the world for us well. E. Schrock's performance brings it into fruition.
The titular character of the play is played by Jordan Phelps, who does the best he is able to resemble a member of one of the most known families in American history. In a play that encompasses the youth rebelcy of the era, the Bobby Kennedy role serves as a sage conscious whom Gracie places all her faith in. J. Phelp's age as well as his blondish hair work against him.
In the times we live in now, with a long time war and a president whom on election so resembled the same hope that came with Bobby and brother John. "All the Girls love Bobby Kennedy" speaks louder than ever. Point of Contention's production, although faulted, understands this stories value and purpose, and is deserving of an audience.
"All The Girls Love Bobby Kennedy" performs October 27th through November 20th at Prop Thtr 8pm tursdays through Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased over the phone at 773 326 3631 or at brownpapertickets.com and pointofcontention.org.