Dead Blogging Photograph 51 At The Central Square Theater

Ever encounter a science teacher who made DNA interesting, entertaining, and just a little bit sad?

Us neither.

Until the hardworking staff (and the Missus) took in the Nora Theatre Company’s production of Photograph 51 at the Central Square Theater.

From the CST website:

In 1951, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin became a research associate at King’s College in London, where her X-ray imaging revealed DNA’s double helix structure, leading to the Nobel Prize for Francis Crick, James Dewey Watson, and Maurice Wilkins. As told with wit and urgency by a chorus of scientists who relive the competitive chase to be the first to map the DNA molecule, Photograph 51 is the story of the fiercely independent spirit of a young, ambitious scientist and her unsung, trailblazing achievements.

Unsung because the male scientists essentially stole Franklin’s research to beat her to the DNA mapping according to Anna Ziegler’s play, which features vivid characters, solid staging, and an accessible narrative – something that really helps when you venture into Double Helix Land.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out Don Aucoin’s Boston Globe review, which calls the production “bracingly intelligent.”

And brace yourselves for a smart night of theater.

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4 Responses to Dead Blogging Photograph 51 At The Central Square Theater

  1. Maybe they could give an equivalent female science award, for being the chick on the team. Call it the “Laurie Partridge” award. In the shape of a tambourine.

  2. Pingback: Dead Blogging ‘The Other Place’ At The Central Square Theater | Campaign Outsider

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