The melodies, performers, and production of Hale Theatre Ragtime were
captivating and among the best I've seen there. I appreciated the
thoughtful look at immigrants and minorities in this country that is a never
ending story and one I hope we eventually get right. But this musical was
not without complexity. The music and themes were designed to be catchy.
I've asked myself a few questions since seeing the musical a few days
ago.What does the writer have against Moms and Dads? Why did Sarah and
Coalhouse get names but not Mother and Father? Maybe because types are easier to
stereotype and dislike rather than individuals. Why did Mother insist the
abandoned child was not illegitimate. What definition is really being brought
into question here? What principle is being elevated in the statement: "a
woman would leave her husband for a thoughtful butcher" and did the screen
play writer like Booker T Washington or not? The power of the pen is the
captivating thing in this musical.