Last night I saw Berkeley Rep’s truly brilliant adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here. It was eerily pertinent to the current American presidential election. Most people will hear echoes of Trump in the the Huey Long-inspired character, “Buzz” Windrip. Eeek! That was the scary part. Salon picked up on that back in September, 2015—the 80th anniversary of the “anti-fascist tome.”
My heart-strings and mind-strings were stirred and plucked. As a budding bookmaker, I must admit that the visual thrill of seeing a printing press in action heightened the drama.
See this play!
Don’t go because you want to be disturbed; go because you want to be reminded that integrity matters and that democracy is messy.