Theater: "Fortress Of Solitude" Soars At The Public

October 23, 2014 2:15 AM

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Musicals cover every topic under the sun: rebellion, forbidden love, politics, passion, war, peace, family, despair, death and of course love in all its forms. But friendship -- that enduring aspect of our lives (especially in a world where marriages come and go) -- friendship is not often at the heart of a show. It is the sweet center and driving force in The Fortress Of Solitude, a new musical at the Public based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem.

Friendship is the entire story of the first act, where Dylan (Adam Chanler-Berat), the rare white kid growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1970s, is rescued and befriended by Mingus (Kyle Beltran). This is a show with a lot going on, thanks to a rich and satisfying book by Itamar Moses. They cover rac...

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