Lysistrata Jones

By Oumar Berte12th Grade, International Community High School

When I was assigned to review Lysistrata Jones, I was not really excited about it. To be honest, the name made it sound weird and boring. However, one of the songs from this new Broadway musical is about not judging a book by its cover and after seeing the show, I would add not to judge a play by its name. Lysistrata Jones follows Lysistrata, a college basketball cheerleader, in her struggle to fit in at her new school, Athens University. She comes up with a very interesting way to help the basket- ball team win at least one game — you’ll understand when you see the play.

Basketball is a big part of the story. As a sports fan, I was intrigued to see how it would look onstage. I’ll admit that it wasn’t realistic, but it was very creative by focusing more on the emotions of the players and the important highlights of the match.

The musical discusses diversity, tolerance and acceptance by clearly showing the beauty of difference. The songs draw from a wide range of styles — pop, soul, rap, reggae, opera, and more. The set is simple, which allows the actors to take center stage.

Lysistrata Jones tells a good message in a fun, simple way. TICKETS: $25 student rush • Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St. website