John Halder is your standard-issue professor of literature. He's a loving husband and father, a dutiful son to his elderly mother and a reassuring presence for his best friend, Maurice. And in 1933 Germany, a Jewish psychiatrist such as Maurice needs all the friends he can find. Halder tells Maurice that the Nazis only espouse anti-Semitism as a way to play to the baser elements of the crowd. But then Halder becomes a Nazi — it's a good career move for a loyal German man at the time — and tells Maurice he can be a positive force within the party, pushing the Nazis toward a more humane, liberal platform. But can he really? If he can't, the stakes aren't quite as high for Halder as they are for Maurice, after all. In C.P. Taylor's Good
, the seduction of evil is as inevitable as an undertow — too late you realize how far away from safety you've been pulled. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents Good
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (October 5 through 21) at the Gaslight Theatre (358 North Boyle Avenue; 314-458-2978 or www.stlas.org
). Tickets are $25 to $30.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 5. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012