Jun 12 – Jul 3, 2020
Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Evita is the classic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Parents and concerned theatergoers should peruse the following guidelines carefully.
Mature Themes: Evita is the tale of a historical figure, Eva Perón—considered a saint by some and a demagogue by others—who rose from a hardscrabble background to become the most powerful woman any Latin American country had ever seen. It deals with a number of themes, including the improbable rags-to riches ascension of an unlikely heroine, the use of propaganda and populism to affect public perception, and the effects of “star quality” as a campaign and governing tactic.
Adult Language: The language is mild for the most part. There is one use of the word “screw” (as an expletive, not a sexual term), and Eva’s critics refer to her as a “bitch” and a “whore.” There are a few vulgar expressions (“up yours”) and a couple of uses of “hell.”
Sexual References: Eva is only 15 when she begins working as an actress; she encounters powerful men who exploit her, while offering to help her career and enhance her fame. There are no explicit scenes to convey her early history.
A young girl, a military officer’s mistress, is replaced and unceremoniously evicted to survive as best she can.
The military officers (never friends with Argentina’s first lady) are wary of Eva’s influence and power and reduce her to sexual terms. Sample: “Her only good parts are between her thighs / She should stare at the ceiling, not reach for the skies / For she could be his last whore. / The evidence suggests / She has other interests / She should know that she’s not paid / To be loud but to be laid.”
Violence/Scariness: A character is clubbed by government officials and dragged backstage after a Perón rally.