It is a number that also serves as a reminder as to why this particular play is a risky one for the Rep. It's not just that the show is pro-union in a non-union town, but it takes some courage for artists, who depend on the Mr. and Mrs. Misters of the world for funding, to turn around and make fun of the ways in which dolers of largesse can corrupt the very thing they are supporting.
It is a reminder, too, that the play is not simply about issues of the day, but about standing up for what one believes in despite pressure.
The theologian William Sloane Coffin once said, "If you don't stand for something, you're apt to fall for anything."
"The Cradle Will Rock" stood for something in 1937 and stands for something now. That is why, despite its flaws, it doesn't fall from grace.
'THE CRADLE WILL ROCK'
By Marc Blitzstein. Directed and adapted by Robert Benedetti. Musical direction by Fred Carama. Prologue musical direction by Craig Koller. Set by Nick Reid. Costumes by Clare Henkel. Lighting by John B. Forbes. Choreography by Bonnie Johnston. Stage manager is Hollie Hopson. With Mark Danisovszky, Algene Adams, Duane Daniels, Drew Tombrello, Craig Koller, Richard Wright, Gale McNeeley, Tom Nelis, Summer Rognlie, Arthur Mercer-Wagner, Priscilla Allen, Elizabeth Soukup and William Anton. Plays through July 24. Prologue begins at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 6:45 p.m. Sundays with Sunday matinees at 1:45. At the Balboa Theatre with performance continuing approximately 15 minutes later at the Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza.