By Robert Simonson
16 Jan 2004
Embedded fills the hole created by the elimination of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit from the Public's 2003-04 season.
The work by Robbins—who has written several plays— is described as "a ripped-from-the-headlines satire about the madness surrounding the brave women and men on the front lines in a Mideast conflict. [It] skewers cynical embedded journalists, scheming government officials, a show-tune singing colonel, and the media's insatiable desire for heroes." The term "embedded" was used during the war in Iraq to refer to journalists who were allowed to accompany American troops as they marched toward Bagdad.
Embedded had its world premiere on Nov. 15, 2003, at The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, where Robbins is artistic director.
Robbins, an outspoken opponent of President Bush's military policies in Afghanistan and Iraq, has received a great deal of negative press from conservative quarters for his perceived lack of patriotism. The most infamous contretemps involved the Baseball Hall of Fame, which canceled a scheduled screening of the Robbins baseball comedy "Bull Durham" because the actor had spoken out against the war in Iraq.
Robbins is known in Hollywood for both his acting ("Mystic River," "Bob Roberts," "Short Cuts") and his directing ("Dead Man Walking," "Cradle Will Rock"). The Actors' Gang was formed in 1982. Since then, Robbins has directed six plays there.
Tickets are $50 and are on sale now at The Public Theater box office, 425 Lafayette Street; on-line at www.publictheater.org and via Tele-charge, (212) 239-6200.