Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Los Altos Stage Company
Four recent graduates of Transfiguration College of Wyoming – a Catholic school so conservative that students turn in their cell phones during their four years – have returned to witness their favorite professor’s ascension to be the institute’s first woman president. Two days before a full eclipse of the moon and only two days after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville has shocked much of the world with its white supremist proclamations, these four, white friends who all voted for Trump share and debate their deeply felt views, predictions, and fears about their religion and politics, the state of the country, and themselves. With a cast of five who each gives a stellar performance under the astute direction of Artistic Director Gary Landis, Los Altos Stage Company opens an intriguing, eye-opening, oft-perplexing, and sometimes unsettling Heroes of the Fourth Turning, the 2019 premiering Off-Broadway finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Heroes of the Fourth Turning provides us as audience members living in an area known as one of the most liberal and progressive in the nation to have the rare opportunity to witness what it is like in our currently politically divided nation to walk in the shoes of those we often see as “them.” As much as we personally might disagree with many of the positions being so ardently proclaimed, we soon begin to understand that there are many degrees of differences among those we so often want to categorize as all the same – much as many on the right certainly feel about those they see as the radical left.
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Rating: 4.5 E
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Heroes of the Fourth Turning continues through February 18, 2024, in production by Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA. Tickets are available online at https://losaltosstage.org/; in person Thursday and Friday, 3 – 6 p.m. at the theatre’s box office; or by phone at 650-941-0551.
Photo Credit: Christian Pizzirani