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click to enlarge Gerald Nevin and Michael Dalberg

Gerald Nevin and Michael Dalberg

Courtesy MadKap Productions

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017
Price: $34, $29, $24
In Mark Saltzman’s play set in the aftermath of WWII, the U.S. Army stations German rocket scientists—Wernher von Braun among them—in Huntsville, Alabama, in hopes of transforming it into America's "rocket capital." Despite assurances from the brass, it seems to the good townspeople that these are Nazi war criminals, especially his frosty eminence von Braun (Andrew J. Pond). When Amy (Ashley Schaeffer), the Jewish fiancee of a war hero, catches wind of all this, she marshals a surprisingly comprehensive knowledge of Holocaust studies for 1951 to voice her objections about the new neighbors to Major Pike (Michael Dalberg). Wayne Mell’s staging for MadKap Productions makes highly questionable use of an overhead projector to depict black-and-white scenery—country lanes, war photos, von Braun's looming prototype—against a humongous screen upstage: when the low spots come on, they bleed onto the bottom of the image; when it’s dark, the actor farthest downstage gets "rockettest.jpg" on his face. —Max Maller



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