The ghost of Julius Rosenberg floats high above and around Amy Herzog's drama After the Revolution, the story of a devoutly Marxist East Coast family clinging to the memory of patriarch Joe Joseph, a blacklisted American Red whose refusal to name names in a McCarthy-esque era continues to inspire the radicalized daughter Emma in the present. That all begins to crack apart when it comes out that Joe — like the doomed Rosenberg — was working undercover as a Russian spy. The play deftly handles family dynamics and politics alike, making it just the kind of work favored by Curious Theatre Company's artistic director Chip Walton. And it's an interesting choice, as always, with which to open Curious's sixteenth season.
After the Revolution opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street, and continues Thursdays through Sundays, through October 19. A Cocktails and Confessions performance with a pre-show talk with the playwright's real-life relatives is scheduled for September 6; combined admission for the presentation and show is $33. For regular tickets, $18 to $44, go to curioustheatre.org or call 303-623-0524.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Oct. 19, 2013