Plumbers Boaz AL is the new play by Danny Sullivan. It is based on the book “The Great Bazaar”, a satire on the materialism of modern life. Our hero is a middle-aged divorcee, who lives in Manhattan. He has lost his job due to his alcoholism and is dissatisfied with both his personal and professional life. He wants a new start, so he goes to an auction where a Chinese elitist meets him, introduces him to Dr. Wu, and takes him to dinner. Plumbers Boaz is told that he is a Chinese spy, sleeper agent and double agent sent by the Chinese government to sabotage American interests in China.
Plumbers Boaz falls for Wu’s charms and follows him to China, where he plans to marry the girl. But he is betrayed and taken back to America; where he is brainwashed and given military training to fight against US forces. With the help of his newly-acquired skills, and the Chinese elitist’s connections, Plumbers Boaz sets about to infiltrate and disrupt American political, financial and scientific activities. In addition, he plans to kill the President of the United States and replace him with another President loyal to China. This plot is so devious that it seems to be a part of a West End musical, rather than a serious play or opera.
The play is well acted, with well-timed dialogue, and is very funny. There are comic scenes, including a number of comical scenes (plot twists). There are moments of levity when Boaz’s friends are joking about how stupid he is, or about his need to join the Chinese army. But some of the dialogue is troubling, with suggestions that American politicians are too caught up in power to care about the welfare of ordinary people. These comments and implications are sometimes hurtful, but I found that they were made in good fun.
What makes Plumbers Boaz stand out as a play is its use of conspiracy theory. Although the play shows how Boaz intends to manipulate the American government, and make himself appointed king, we also see how he is able to achieve his nefarious objectives. He manipulates and confuses the American government, believing that they do not wish to see America become a democracy, and that Chinese interests are served by keeping America divided. Through his diabolical plans, he ultimately succeeds.
What makes this play exciting is Boaz’s ability to change the course of events. In the first act, we watch him plan the robbery of President Garfield’s funeral. Then he plans to stage a coup against Garfield’s Democratic administration, and later plans to murder President McKinley. Then he plans to poison Garfield. Then he plans to shoot Vice President Garfield, and to place an assassin inside the White House.
The play does have some elements of truth. At one point in the play, we are introduced to Boaz’s real father, a German who was in World War II. But most importantly, the play focuses on the question of what will happen to America if Boaz becomes king. Will Americans be better off as an independent nation or as one ruled by a socialist? This is a question that most Americans would welcome answers to.