An intriguing character and performance is that of Sam Babbitt as Morty, a longtime benefactor to Emma's organization. Gamm veteran Babbitt frequently presents a wise elder, but here he's going for something else. In the first of two restaurant scenes, he plays Morty as a bit of a foolish fop, red satin handkerchief spilling too far out of his breast pocket. In the second, when he knows that things with Emma have turned ominous and she is considering changing the name of the Joe Joseph legal fund, he is almost a different person, dressed smartly and knowingly attentive. Interesting characterizing decision.
Political dismay permeates the play, affecting even the apolitical characters. So it's worth quoting in full the beginning of Ben's graduation toast to his daughter. "Emma, it's 1999," he says. "In this decade we saw the Soviet Union collapse and my dad die. Clinton is a big-business president, the poor are getting poorer, racial divides are deepening, we're dropping bombs in the Balkans and people are complacent. We're about to see a new millennium, and it's hard to imagine things getting much worse."
On the brink of a national election, when things could get awfully worse if the country makes an awful decision, the Gamm's After the Revolution is a bracing reminder of the power of consequences.
, Tony Estrella, Gamm Theatre, Amy Herzog