Monday, January 22, 2018

"Alabama Story"

Alabama Story
Kenneth Jones

Maria Giere Marquis, Karen DeHart, Bezachin Jifar,
and Erik Gandolf
Perhaps no profession is more universally stereotyped in movies and minds than the local librarian.  Portrayed and generally viewed as meek, prudish, and out of touch with day-to-day reality, the views seem quite universal, be the librarian male or female.

At first glance, Head Librarian of Alabama Emily Reed fits that description quite well in her conservative, color-matched-to-a-‘t” outfits where nary a wrinkle invades.  However as Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story begins to unfold in its fully engrossing, highly educating West Coast premiere at City Lights Theatre Company, we soon learn there is nothing out-of-touch or meek about this keeper of the state’s library system in 1959.   

To read more about this important piece of history, please continue to my Talkin' Broadway review:

Rating: 4.5 E

Alabama Story continues through February 18, 2018 at City Lights Theater Company, 529 South Second Street, San Jose.  Tickets are available online at or by calling 408-295-4200 Monday – Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Photo Credit: Taylor Sanders

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