Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dalton Trumbo's JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN

SHOW TITLE: Dalton Trumbo's JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour
VENUE: Ace Theatre
GENRE: Drama
AIR-CONDITIONED : Yes
INTERMISSION: No

RATING (0-4): 3

RATING SCALE:

0 Run, don't walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just Hype
4 Don't miss this one it's FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

Overall I believe the show was a 3, this performance in paticular may have been closer to a 2. There are a lot of war themed dramas at this summers Fringe, but Johnny Got His Gun paints a realistic and graphic picture of a young soldier badly wounded in war. The writing was amazingly accurate being humorous, touching, and graphic all while still keeping its inoccence. It was incredible how Dalton Trumbo's writing securely depicted the lost of innocence and life even in those still living. The only part of the show that left me a bit unimpressed was the choice of casting. It was a one man show, which calls for a very strong actor in both presence and voice. The particular actor I saw tonight had neither. However, he did capture the characters innocence and at times was believable, especially in flashback. During the high energy, dramatic points of the play though, he lacked resonance, always staying breathy causing him to be a bit hard to hear. I was hoping the actor would have more power and presence. I believed his words, but not his emotion.

POST-FRINGE PREDICTIONS:

I hope this show is picked up and goes somewhere. The subject matter is prevalent and highly important to society, especially today. The writing was so true and eloquent I would hate for it it be lost.

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