SpeakEasy has a winner with ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

Curry and Callanan star in the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,”?at the BCA (539 Tremont St.,Boston) through Nov. 17. Visit www.speakeasystage.com for more information.

History class was never as much fun as the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” The raucous, emo-driven musical shines a new light on Old Hickory while offering an amusing take on the emotional state of politics and politicians across party lines.

The nation’s controversial seventh president is portrayed as a dim-witted child who morphs into a renegade politician after a series of bad circumstances. Each event, from the deaths of his parents at the hands of savages to the untimely demise of his wife, is treated with the same insensitive humor that made “F-Troop” work in the ’60s. And it’s still funny.

But there’s more to “Bloody” than a big, cartoonish spoof with a president in skinny jeans promising “tonight we’re delving into some serious s–t.” Beneath the surface of the satire lies a sensibility that gives Jackson sufficient depth and dimension to explain his elevation to rock star status. You can’t help but feel empathy while rooting for the ultimate outsider getting a shot at changing the status quo.  
Gus Curry is the perfect embodiment of this re-imagined Jackson. He’s got the look, the charm and the musical chops to make the populace swoon as the people’s president.

Mary Callanan is the outrageously funny, Croc-wearing, wheelchair bound Storyteller whose narrative holds the show together. Amy Jo Jackson delivers stunning vocals with “Ten Little Indians” and Bandleader Nicholas James Connell has enough talent, charm and stage presence to nearly steal the show.

Like history class, “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is about 15 minutes too long, though never boring.

Plot points

Andrew Jackson does battle with British, Spanish, native Americans and governmental status quo in this emo-rock riot. Though the truth may lie some-where in the middle, this play offers a compelling, thought-provoking look at a complicated legacy.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.