REVIEW: Reform Follows Function—Love in Hate Nation at Two River Theater (for Parterre Box)

Love in Hate Nation at Two River Theater. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Before launching into a review of the beguiling and sometimes wonderful Love in Hate Nation, I’m thinking the oldsters among us—and I absolutely count myself in this group—might benefit from some context. (Apologies in advance if I’m underestimating your hipness).

In 2015, Be More Chill, a musical with score and lyrics by Joe Iconis, premiered at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. What followed was, for a regional premiere, a surprising and dazzling ascent, due largely to enormous numbers of young people downloading the musical score. I didn’t know much about it, but my college-age students certainly did… and even more than that group, somewhat younger teenagers flocked to” Be More Chill

Read the entire review at Parterre Box.

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