The show is set in the waning years of World War II and concerns a diary that was kept by a young enlisted man named Private Stewart. In it he details his experiences with the other enlisted men of Company “C” and his burgeoning feelings for a fellow soldier named Mitch. Though the story deals with the issues of gays in the military, what it really comes down to is a love story with a war- time backdrop. That’s why even with “don’t ask don’t tell” in hindsight, the play resonates so strongly. These could be any two individuals at any time in history. The added poignancy of the war and its toll only strengthens the impact of the storyline.
Rainbow Theatre Project has ended its ambitious freshman season with a top-notch production of a thoroughly remarkable musical. They are to be congratulated.
‘Die, Mommie, Die!’ and ‘Romeo and Jules’ at Rainbow Theatre Project by Phil McDermott.