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Roger, a former union activist and labor leader, believes he is underemployed as Minister of Finance in a provincial government. He further believes that the premier’s job will provide the scope for him to fully realize his potential; unfortunately, the job is already taken. With Evan, his chief strategist, Roger seeks to replace Premier David Rundle, a competent and popular leader.
The play contains no gratuitous violence – of the physical sort.There is no sex– unless watching a dedicated public servant get screwed by a nakedly ambitious colleague is titillating.There is some coarse language – but no coarser than on television after 8pm.
This play is, however, unsuitable for children under 13 and religious fundamentalists. It will be considered offensive by those who believe in the perfectibility of the human species, those who believe in the tooth fairy, and all fans of Dr. Phil. It will be confusing for anyone who thinks Borgia is an Italian fashion designer.
The dramatic action centers on Roger’s “success at any cost” approach to life and politics and the conflict with Stephen. Stephen attempts to counter Roger’s narcissistic actions destined to beggar the province and ruin those taken in by his promises of future rewards. Cabinet members eventually realize that they have been manipulated into an ethical cul-de-sac. All come to understand that they were trapped from the moment Roger and Evan seized upon the “balanced budget and deficit reduction strategy” to win the election. Stephen understands that he has been manipulated into wearing the public face of government perfidy.