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After the Revolution 

When: Aug. 30-Oct. 6 2013
Price: $32-$50
The revolution may not be televised, but it has definitely been staged. This particular revolution involves the Joseph family, and its protagonist is Emma (Jessica Bates), a law graduate who runs a fund named after her famously blacklisted grandfather Joe. Emma learns that Joe was working as a spy for the Soviet Union during World War II, and that her family has lied to her about it for many years. The revelation of Joe’s not-so-squeaky past starts a revolution in her life. Skillfully managed by director Joy Carlin (Body Awareness, Jack Goes Boating), After the Revolution, now playing at Aurora Theatre Company (2081 Addison St., Berkeley), confronts the pitfalls of liberal idealism and how the old cliché is still true: The political is indeed deeply personal. The somewhat redundant rehashing of the past notwithstanding, the play’s intelligence and wit are plentiful and more than enough to float us past the moments of superfluity. As in politics, there are no easy answers to the Josephs’ family qualms, but writer Amy Herzog instead revels in the contradictions and rifts that bubble up even in well-intentioned lefty families.
— Anna Pulley


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