Lucy Prebble's new play mixes political satire with modern morality in a multimedia spectacle.
What Is the Story of Enron?
Enron follows the astounding rise and fall of the Enron corporation. The Texas-based energy company ascended to great heights (and a staggering stock price) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001 amid one of the largest financial scandals in history. By focusing on the transformation of the company’s president Jeffrey Skilling—from intelligent schlub to charismatic leader—the show illustrates how the whole mess unfurled. Other real-life players, such as Enron CEO Kenneth Lay and CFO Andy Fastow, are highlighted in this play with music, and some of their dialogue is true to life as well. If you’ve ever wondered how Enron managed to deceive its 20,000 employees, Wall Street and the public, this show will explain it all to you in a way that does not at all resemble a boring lecture.
What Is Enron Like?
Since the real-life players in the corporate collapse were very much showmen, the play uses many techniques to demonstrate how the honchos at Enron built their empire—and why it was all a sham. The show uses music, dance, puppetry, video and above all metaphor to explain the complicated accounting fraud that Jeffrey Skilling and his protégé Andy Fastow created to hide Enron’s enormous debt. It was a very dirty and not so little secret. Expect to see the company’s board of directors portrayed (literally!) as three blind mice, the rolling blackouts in California illustrated by Jedi knights with neon light sabers and Fastow’s fraudulent financial structures as ravenous raptors with glowing eyes. This is finance as razzling-dazzling entertainment.
What Is Enron Like?
With explicit language, a graphic sex scene and the complicated financial fraud that is at the heart of Enron’s plot, this show is aimed squarely at adults. If your older teen has a penchant for reading The Wall Street Journal (and none of the above bothers you), then you might want to bring him or her to this sophisticated evening of theater.