Jerusalem

By Max Friedlich10th Grade, Friends High School The play Jerusalem is so good that I almost don’t want to write about it. Jerusalem opens with an explosion of sound, light and color. We begin the day after a raucous party at Johnny “Rooster” Byron’s rundown trailer, a place where all of the teenagers of the village go to find cheap drugs and an escape from parental supervision. One by one, different characters show up, emerging from under the trailer or out of the broken couch. Jerusalem tells the story of Rooster’s struggle to maintain his way of life — even on the verge of being evicted from his home. We are given a complete portrait of Roosters life; never before have I left a play with such a strong grasp of a character. Though Rooster is the main attraction, the supporting cast is exceptional, including John Gallagher, Jr. (of American Idiot and Spring Awakening). The staging is whimsical and technically sophisticated making you question: How did they just do that? Though Jerusalem is three hours long, I savored every minute. I wish I could see this show ten more times — make sure you see it at least once. By Jez Butterworth. TICKETS: $26.50 general rush • Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. website