Review by John K. Adams
What if you could join a secret society dedicated to guiding the country as a form of “political Santa Claus?” Would you do it?
What if that greater good you seek required the murder of a dear friend? But all for the greater good. Why not do that?
The Leather Apron Club asks its characters, and asks us all, these questions with the relentless beat of a march.
Set in the aftermath of 9/11, the play makes the lure of immediate action over thoughtful consideration easy to understand. Enough debate. Act now! Laws just get in the way!
When leading journalist James Avery is invited to join the Leather Apron Club, a secret society devoted to pulling strings in world events, it is a dazzling opportunity. He could implement his pet projects. He could save the world!
But when, to prove his loyalty, he is required to murder his mentor, Avery seeks compromise. What price expediency? My ends justify the means. Not yours.
Doesn’t everyone amass and wield power as effectively and with as little interference as possible? Why not? Writer/director Charlie Mount’s script deftly explores how individuals answer and what their answers mean, both personally and socially.
His excellent cast reveals the nuances, shifting loyalties and each facet of the debate with complex performances. The contemporary, cultural references are timeless.
“The Leather Apron Club” is staged through May 15th at Theatre West located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West (near Universal Studios Hollywood) in Los Angeles. Call (323) 851-7977 or visit TheatreWest.org for tickets.
This review appeared originally in the Tolucan Times on May 2, 20016.