The news that a local evangelist has been murdered throws The Vindicator into the crisis it's been putting off for years. Jack, the city editor, grapples with the secrets of his dubious parentage, and manages to alienate Janet, his ace staffer, in the process. JJ, the cub reporter, stumbles in and out of competence, while Pepper, JJ's nubile girlfriend, bypasses competence altogether and breaks into print—profoundly irritating the veteran Hump, who proceeds to drink himself out of a job. Carl, the minister's son (and self-proclaimed patricide), can't get anybody to believe that he killed his father (because he didn't) so he shifts focus and proposes to Jack's oddball mother, who, as it happens, orchestrated the murder as a boon for her son, who is trying to get the goods on Tucci, his arch enemy and long-lost brother. All very bizarre—but, in the end, evil is punished, good is rewarded, Mom expires, and the boys (finally) grow up.
First produced at New York's Harold Clurman Theatre, this fast-paced, brilliantly imaginative farce about strange doings at a small town newspaper deals with events as antic as they are original: Son shoots father (or does he?); father falls dead; local paper writes it up. Just another day at The Vindicator! But this time Jack, the city editor, faces the deadline of his life. Will he nail the story? His reporters are incompetent, and his love life's a mess. But how can he fail? After all, his mother loves him, and that's the "Waikiki" of it—the very "Waikiki" of it. "Mr. Long has his own style of wackiness. THE JOHNSTOWN VINDICATOR is a kick." —NY Times. "…one of the most uniformly excellent productions Off-Off-Broadway in the last several seasons." —Plays International.