Two plays currently on Sacramento stages take very different approaches to the early days before the United States was born. One — the historical one — is “1776,” about the Constitutional Convention that resulted in our Declaration of Independence. The other — the funny one — is “The Thanksgiving Play,” a modern tale about the difficulty of telling the story of the first Thanksgiving in a politically correct way.
Chautauqua Playhouse is celebrating the birth of our nation with a revolutionary production of the musical “1776.” All the roles are played by women. Yes, Ben and John and Tom are portrayed by females – and they’re very good, both as actors and singers.
A large and talented cast of 18 tells the story of the Continental Congress that – through heat and bugs and disagreements – crafted the document that brought forth this country.