If you're going to write a play that hinges on pension benefits being taken away, you'd better watch out for theater critics who are up on their government agencies.
Stage Left Theatre, a theater company in Chicago, opened its production of Jayme McGhan's “The Fisherman” on Feb. 25. The premise of the play, which takes place in the present day, is that an unnamed airline files for bankruptcy and takes away 60% of the pension benefits from its workers who have not yet retired. This act precipitates a terrorist act of revenge against the airline by mechanic Carl Lund, “a hitherto mild and compliant member of the proverbial 99% who suddenly finds his pension on the line at a bankrupt airline, and who decides to bite,” as Chris Jones, theater critic of the Chicago Tribune, puts it in his two-star review.
Unfortunately for the playwright, Mr. Jones writes, “this play has never heard of the government agency known as the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.”