Sunday, May 4, 2014

Green Day's American Idiot Plays Atlanta's Fox Theatre Through Tonight

Green Day's American Idiot
Well...I am late to the party on posting this review for Green Day's American Idiot.

I guess I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and write it....How do I start?  Let's just say this review will be short and not-so-sweet.

Let's begin with old adage, "Always do your homework before attending any media presentation."  I guess that's where I should have begun prior to May 1st and going to see Green Day's, "American Idiot" at Atlanta's Fox Theatre.

To say I was a bit more than disappointed would be a mere understatement.  ...and I'm guessing I'm not alone, judging by the number of supposed-subscribers walking out of this opening night play.  If you are a fan of Green Day and their pop music, which the three women in front of us obviously were, I'm sure you'd appreciate the play.

As a casual radio listener and only knowing their top hits, I did not. This play is typical left-wing satire, philosophy, and campaigning.  Pictures of George Bush taking a bite out of the Statue of Liberty, a "script" laden with the "f" word, sexual scenes, and rampant drug use.  Yes, it tells a "story," and yes - some might even call this rock opera brilliant (it has been nominated for a Tony award), but for someone like me - middle-aged, middle-class, and right-wing conservative, I found it hugely unentertaining and offensive.

It is what it is.  If you like pop music, rock operas, and Green Day - you will probably understand and accept and maybe even enjoy this performance, but as for me and the many people walking out throughout the performance - I did not.

Sad to say that even when the curtain fell and rose again to an all-acoustic performance by the Cast - droves of people were leaving and already in the lobby heading out to Peachtree Street and their cars.

I wish I could promote this play and tell you to run down to the Fox Theatre tonight to see it before it leaves town, but sadly, I cannot.  No amount of money is worth sitting through two hours of left-wing political statements, constant use of the "f" word, and teenagers having sex and using drugs.  Yes, I am well aware that this is part of the world we live in, but I would definitely choose to spend my time elsewhere supporting the arts in a more positive manner.

Here is a brief clip of the acoustic encore, by far - the most enjoyable part of the show.  I wish it could have all been like this, as it shows just how talented this Cast truly is:

*DLDS was given media tickets in exchange for pre-promotion and post-review of this play.  All opinions are strictly our own and not representative of anyone else or others involved.

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