The Bosom of Abraham

Ethiopian Jews return to the Promised Land at the Mixed Blood; Leopold and Loeb kill again at the Actors Theater of Minnesota

But this play is more Swoon than anything else--the boys had a puzzling relationship in which criminal acts were traded for sexual favors, and playwright Peterson focuses on their peculiar romance. As acted out by Stephen Frethem and Nathan Surprenant in this production, there is poignancy to it. The boys are both appropriately dishy and aloof, but there is an appealing swagger to both, a confidence that draws eyes automatically to them, even if they are bonkers. We are not surprised to discover that Loeb received mash notes from adoring females while in prison. Hell, watching the play, I nearly penned him one myself.

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