The portrayal of outrageous harrying of innocent civilians seems less far-fetched than it would have had there been no controversy around the Bush administration’s unwarranted wiretapping. Yes, the play is swathed in absurdity, but the material is woven from the fabric of reality. What allows Rosa to rise above the classification of paranoid, conspiracy-laden hokum is that playwright Snoad doesn’t take himself seriously. Kersey’s Lewis is a satiric cross between hard-boiled Sam Spade and Inspector Clouseau, who gets more excited about alliteration and onomatopoeia than about solving terror plots. Given the timeliness of what he’s up to, that’s a scary notion in itself.
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