The New York International Fringe Festival this summer includes a new opera by Matthew Zachary Johnson: The Boston Tea Party Opera. This show marks a new direction in his work. Johnson is the composer of a body of often-performed classical saxophone works.
You can't really dislike a show that warms up the audience with the second half of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run album and there is care and craft on display. When Harlan grapples with characters as deftly as he handles concepts, it will be worth checking out.
The premise sounded a little jokey -- stoners hanging out and taking part in a Revolutionary War reenactment. But the moment the first song begins -- "Fare Thee Well" -- you immediately sit up straight in your seat.