Theater

Atomic

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through June 25 2016

Leo Szilard is a Hungarian Jew who has an uncanny gift for both physics and prognostication. He left Europe for America in 1938 because he predicted the coming World War, and then correctly predicted that the Germans were working on a nuclear weapon. His friend in physics, Albert Einstein, helped Szilard apprise FDR of his suspicions, which leads to the creation of the Manhattan Project, with Szilard as a member. Joined by Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, Arthur Compton and Leona Woods, Szilard creates the bombs that are dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But what he doesn't foresee was the nagging guilt he suffered as they got closer to success. Building the bomb is bad enough, but the thought of using it on human beings is more than he could handle. Danny Ginges and Philip Foxman's musical Atomic is about Szilard and his terrible knowledge: He helped save the free world, but perhaps doomed us all in the process. New Line Theatre presents Atomic at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (June 2 to 25) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $10 to $25.

Paul Friswold

Price: $10-$25

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