Monday, August 22, 2005

My Father's Son

SHOW TITLE: My Father's Son
VENUE: Players Loft
GENRE: Drama
AIR CONDITIONED: No (they had fans)

RATING (0-4): 3


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 its FRINGE-tastic!


My Father's Son tells the story of two boys who are abandoned by theirmother and beaten by their father. This touching ad brutally dramatictale delves into an older brother who vows to protect his youngerbrother, and a younger brother who beats himself up on the insidebecause he is afraid of is life and scared of what he is. The olderbrother, Jonah, watched as his five year older little brother, Scottwas beaten by his father. From that day forward he pledged to keepScott from ever feeling his father's wrath again. Scott is unaware ofhis brother's projection until later in the play, however, his strugglestarts very early on in the dialogue when he is faced head on with hisown sexuality. He is unsure of whether he likes his friend Will becausehe is himself a homosexual or whether he just likes to feel a touchthat is soft. This question is also answered, very dramatically, laterin the play. This drama reminded me of plays such as A View from theBridge, and Death of a Salesman. The writer and director were able tocapture the same emotional over drive that is so prevalent in plays doeby authors such as Arthur Miller. I loved it. The actors were amazingas well. They faced hard subject matter head on, o holding back ad norunning away from hard hitting emotions. Congratulations are in order for this one!


I definitely see this production going to either off-off Broadway, or
Off-Broadway. It is well written and successfully dramatic. I can't wait to see where this show goes!


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