Review: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 

****1/2
click to enlarge The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson backing Eric Olson as the 7th President. - JULIE CURRY
  • The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson backing Eric Olson as the 7th President.
  • Julie Curry

The Phoenix Theatre kicked off its season with a big bang with last week's opening of a whirlwind 90-minute musical about our oft-debated 7th president. Presented by a 13-person ensemble cast, the show is a gory interpretation of Jackson's legacy as a land-hungry general with a pivotal role in American expansionism - and the attendant displacement and/or murder of thousands of native peoples.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson poses big questions about how our history informs our present, offering a well-timed political satire that poses big civic questions minus the dogged doctrines of either side.

Eric Olson delivers an impetuous performance as a punk rock Andrew Jackson, unafraid to wear nail polish and express his feelings. The entire ensemble impresses with vocal power, with Claire Wilcher standing out as a comedic force.

The latest production proves that the Phoenix Theatre, celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, hasn't lost its exuberant and youthful touch. Through Oct. 21 at Phoenix Theatre

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