A Vonnegut Madman Tangled in Thickets of Dark Satire

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by admin No Comments

As a drunken and possibly lunatic millionaire, Santino Fontana gives a performance of ineffable sweetness in “Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,” an odd duck of a musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken that’s being presented as the final entry in City Center Encores! Off-Center summer season. As he bumbles through the thickets of picaresque plot in this doggedly weird satire, Mr. Fontana maintains an air of almost saintly purity, portraying a man seeking purpose and finding it in a most un-American pursuit: giving away all of his millions.