Jess Jones Sparkles in “After the Revolution”

Jess Jones stars as activist Emma Joseph in "After the Revolution" and John Paul Middlesworth plays her supportive Uncle Leo (photo by Jonathan Young)

One of the delights of Triangle theater in 2011 is the emergence of recent Barton College graduate Jess Jones as one of this area’s finest young actresses. She sparkles like a 24-karat diamond in dime-store brooch in Deep Dish Theater Company’s earnest but badly flawed production of “After the Revolution.”

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The "After the Revolution" cast includes (from left) John Paul Middlesworth, Jess Jones, and Jack Prather (photo by Jonathan Young)

“‘After the Revolution’ is quite an astonishing play,’ said director Paul Frellick. “It is a beautifully crafted study of how we pass on ideals from generation to generation, and it feels like the kind of play a writer would produce at the end of her career, not — as is the case with [playwright Amy] Herzog — at the outset. Her writing has a rueful wisdom that belies her age.”