An “Oh Gosnell” advertiser claimed that the creation of the play was inspired by Leiby’s comic monologue. “They laugh about it – let’s face it,” says the show’s website now called “Oh Gosnell: A Show About the Truth”.
It was written by Phelim McAleer, who is credited on IMDB as the producer of the upcoming film “My Son Hunter”, starring Laurence Fox as Hunter Biden, and as the writer and producer of “Obamagate”. with Dean Cain, who The New York Post described like a game that had its YouTube premiere. His other plays include “Ferguson”About the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.
Laughter and truth are not mutually exclusive, of course, although McAleer, a right-wing provocateur whose biography of the show calls him “a veteran investigative reporter,” implies otherwise.
Regarding the transmission of any general truth about abortion, rather than specific truths about the gruesome case of Kermit Gosnell, a physician from Philadelphia convicted in 2013 of first degree murder for killing three babies after failed full-term abortions, that’s not the case. Nor is it built to persuade.
The play’s script, titled simply “Gosnell,” says it was “compiled, literally, from grand jury and criminal trial transcripts” in the Gosnell case. In a nonchalant and somewhat obscure theatrical reading directed by David Atkinson, it has a seven-person cast that includes a compelling young actor named Kaché Attyana, who I hope can get a better job soon.
“The first thing I want you to be sure of, ladies and gentlemen,” says one prosecutor (Roxanne Bonifield), near the top of the show, “is that this is not an abortion case.”
For emphasis, repeat that statement. Maybe McAleer, co-author of a book on the Gosnell affair and producer and co-writer of the 2018 film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” didn’t hear it?