What it's about
Jerry Springer: The Opera is a show about the bizarre turn of events from the "Jerry Springer Show" to the "Jerry Springer Show In Hell" broken down into two different acts.
To be honest, I was not expecting the play to be a farce. As the name of the play suggests, I was expecting Jerry Springer's life to be the sole focus unfolding on the "Jerry Springer" show.
I did not like watching Act I. I thought it was one of those shows where I felt that there was a big emphasis to make chaos appear funny. The primary focus of Act I was Jerry asking questions to his guests meant to instigate conflict. In Act I, after the "Ku Klux Klan" appeared on the stage, the cast who were seated in the audience began to run on stage to fight the Ku Klux Klan. There was absolutely no connection between the KKK and the previous guests that "appeared" on the Jerry Springer show. Tell me, how is bigotry connected to the KKK? As if this wasn't impossible enough, Jerry Springer was shot by an audience member who was aiming at a KKK member. What the hell was I watching? After Act I, I was incredibly tempted to leave the show. With all the derogatory phrases I was hearing, I felt that I was not supposed to be there. There came a point where I felt that I had stumbled into some kind of cult gathering and I was the unwanted visitor.
In the end, I decided to stay for Act II because I didn't think it right to leave before the show finished. Act II was better than Act I, although it did not completely make up for the disaster of Act I. In Act II, Jerry lands in Hell. Satan tells Jerry that he must put on the "Jerry Springer show" in Hell and have God as a guest. The primary purpose of this show in Hell, both in a literal and figurative sense, for me at least, was to have God apologize to Satan. I thought that was interesting. I think it really should be the other way around. After all, God is good and the devil is not. This was interesting to watch because it showed a change in Jerry's character. Jerry was able to reconcile Heaven and Hell which showed that someone capable of evil was also capable of good. To me, this shows that even the most evil of people have some goodness in them.
To be honest, I thought that this show was very chaotic. It was very random, I was not able to connect one scene to the next but I did understand and like the storyline of Act II more than Act I. Most of the scenes were just randomly placed and did not make any sense.
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