REM (retired) Charter Members of ACSA Regions 12 & XIX Witness Street Rumbles as Workers Strike!

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At the Claremont Candlelight Pavilion on November 16, 2019 REMers witnessed a budding work stoppage by “Newsies” frustrated by their ever-lower wages at the hands of leadership at The World, a Brooklyn newspaper. Once again, we witnessed mayhem on-stage as newspaper management sic’d their own thugs upon the rebellious boys, who suffered blows from fisticuffs and baseball bats in retaliation for their defiance. Even the police refused to protect them and instead took the side of management.

In an interesting side-story, the daughter of The World’s editor, working for a rival newspaper, took the lads’ side and made front-page news of their plight. The leader of the defiant group falls in love with her, not  realizing her paternal ties until much later. The audience also gasped at this revelation, an unexpected turn of events.

Of course, all’s well that ends well, and it ends well indeed, at least for the newsies. In the final act, we watch as the “bad guys” are led off in handcuffs by The Law.

The play was replete with toe-tapping tunes accompanied by high-energy dance numbers, ending with the entire cast spinning to the final number like Whirling Dervishes, in a frenetic coda to a very nicely-done play.

If you weren’t there, you missed it!