Philip C Brown’s review
On consecutive nights, we saw “Jefferson’s Garden” at Ford’s Theatre and “Handbagged” at Round House. Both are historical fiction, one set in the 18th century and the other in the 20th. Both were interesting and worth seeing once. But not twice! The historical facts of both periods (the debate over slavery in early America; the tumultuous events of the 1980’s) are pretty well known so there wasn’t very much suspense or mystery in the story. Some scenes caught my attention but others were simply too long and tedious. Both plays involved actors explaining events directly to the audience (in case we didn’t understand) and the same actor playing multiple roles (which was sometimes challenging). It was good to see a full house at Round House. It’s our neighborhood theater (ten minute drive from home with easy parking) so we want to see it thrive. We had excellent seats and appreciated the post-performance discussion.