It won't take Team America or the Navy SEALS to defeat this team of terrorists. The B-Team, the subject of the titular play presented by Landless Theatre company, aren't very good at the whole jihad thing. They're based in Buffalo, N.Y., where there aren't exactly many politicians or heads of state. Their leader's hands are paralyzed in a permanent thumbs-up position. Also among their ranks: "A militant homophobe, a bombmaker seduced by capitalism and a Jew who really hates his mother." And despite their hatred of all things Western, they enjoy chicken McNuggets.
The play was written by Dave Holstein, a writer for the Showtime series "Weeds." It's great luck that the production, directed by Bob Bartlett, has opened in the same month as the death of Osama bin Laden (which also influenced the current show at Theater J!) and the predicted end of the world.
"It's no coincidence at all," wrote Landless director Andrew Baughmann, in an email. "I'm not privy to any top secret information, but Landless does consult with Nostradamus when programming our season."
Baughmann is hoping that this Memorial Day weekend, patriotism will continue to swell, and folks will want to laugh about the past 10 years of pat-downs and orange alerts.
"Laughter has a healing power," says Baughmann. "Terrorists have tried to destroy the American spirit – it is time to laugh at them and their hypocrisy, and American audiences are ready for it. That's a good thing, because The B Team takes no prisoners."
Tickets are available on Landless Theatre's web site. There are two performances this weekend at the DCAC, on Friday and Saturday. The show runs until June 19.