When you walk into Studio 54 for “The Minutes,” you see a cavernous room on stage, featuring a white rotunda ceiling, a line of plush chairs and conference tables with microphones attached. It seems like a scene ripped straight from C-SPAN, but it’s actually a city council meeting room for the fictional town of Big Cherry.
As “The Minutes” progresses, look closely, past the civically generic trappings of the American flag and mural of Lady Liberty. You’ll see brown water stains, seeping through the white ceiling and running down the white-plastered walls. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it: Something is rotten in the town of Big Cherry.