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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Podcast Review: The Collapse of Enron, with Puppets!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

click to enlarge Nathan Tucker, Professor Giggles, Daniel Bakken, and Alex Plant calmly debate their foolproof business strategy: a shell game.
  • Nathan Tucker, Professor Giggles, Daniel Bakken, and Alex Plant calmly debate their foolproof business strategy: a shell game.

Remember Enron? In the wake of Lehman and Bernie Madoff, the foreclosure crisis and the unemployment epidemic, the furor over the once-revered energy company, which imploded in 2001, can seem almost quaint. After all, when Enron shocked the world with its phony profits and its colossal debt, only its shareholders and 20,000 employees were directly affected. But Enron was also the granddaddy of 'em all, at its time the largest and most complex bankruptcy case in history, setting the stage for so many later falls from corporate grace. Lucy Prebble's play Enron, now at the Exit in an OpenTab production, charts the giant's collapse with the assiduous research of a historian attempting to understand how we got to where we are today so we don't make the same mistake again. And also with puppets. SF Weekly theater critics Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs caught the production, which was directed by Ben Euphrat. Listen to their review below in a podcast produced by Benjamin Wachs.

Disclaimer: Our critics saw what turned out to be preview performance, though it was described in one notice as the opening night performance. This means the director could have made changes after our critics saw it.

Enron continues through Aug. 17 at the Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St. (at Taylor), S.F. Admission is $25.

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