Rohan PrestonStar Tribune
September 22, 2016
Election season means it's the right time for 'Ragtime'
American dreams and despair mingle in the musical, getting a revival by Theatre Latté Da.
A Latvian man with an unusual name and even funnier accent faces scorn as an interloper, even as he imagines making it big in America. An African-American family longing for justice and truth has an encounter with the police that ends tragically. And a family of white suburbanites despairs about the state of the nation.
These are not people being held up for discussion in this year of presidential politics and Black Lives Matter. They are characters in “Ragtime,” the big musical by composer Stephen Flaherty and librettist Lynn Ahrens being revived this weekend by Theatre Latté Da.
The show is set a century ago, but its animating questions seem as urgent as ever as some folks question whether the American experiment is being torn beyond repair.
“Even though the show is historical fiction, we’re reminded that history repeats itself,” said Sasha Andreev, who plays Tateh, the Jewish immigrant.
“I wish certain scenes didn’t remind me of things I’ve recently seen on the news,” said Traci Allen Shannon, who plays Sarah, a young black mother.