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A Soldier's Play

ensemble theatre · irt productions · Ages 18+ · United States of America

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ED SHARROW certified reviewer June 04, 2017
tagged as: five stars · historical
The cast and crew of A Soldier's Play captured a moment in time that is worth experiencing. ... full review
PETER SCHUYLER certified reviewer June 12, 2017
It's hard to overcome a strong memory like the one that Howard Rollins, Adolf Caesar, Denzel Washington, left in the film version of "A Soldier's Story" but this cast made me forget for a night. To a man, they were pitch perfect. Great use of a small stage integrated the flashbacks seamlessly. I was impressed.... full review
SCOTT GOLDEN fringereview.com certified reviewer June 10, 2017
A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice by an unseen killer and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller's imposing drama which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982, tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier's Play is more than a detective story: it is a tough, incisive exploration of racial tensions and ambiguities among blacks and between blacks and whites that gives no easy answers and assigns no simple blame. Captain Richard Davenport (Dominic Daniel), a rare black Army officer, has been sent to investigate the killing of Sgt. Waters (Victor Isaac). Capt. Taylor (a terrific Mike Lanahan), the white C.O., tries to discourage him because he fe... full review
ANNETTE FASONE certified reviewer June 11, 2017
I had never seen or read this play before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's a very powerful story and the message is sadly still somehow relevant today. I think this play is so moving because when you walk out, you can't really say that any of the characters are good or evil. The world and culture surrounding the characters is really the most important character in the play. It's interesting to see how the soldiers are all effected by their circumstances and how that informs their behavior and how their behavior affects the people around them. I know I'm being kind of vague, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it. It definitely has some very heartfelt moments (be prepared to cry.) The cast was excellent as was the ... full review
TRACEY PALEO, GIA ON THE MOVE (OFFICIAL PRESS) gia on the move and footlights certified reviewer June 12, 2017
tagged as: African-American · racism
Genuinely exceptional cast performances. Production succeeds in what it sets out to do.... full review
MANNY RODRIGUEZ certified reviewer June 15, 2017
A classic play about race centered around a murder mystery is handled with deft and honor by a brilliant cast.... full review
EDWARD GOODMAN certified reviewer June 20, 2017
Dynamite all around. I'd never seen this one performed live and boy am I glad I did. Even if you know the story, go anyway. It's great.... full review
AARON MENDELSON certified reviewer June 25, 2017
Best of Fringe... full review
PAUL BARRY certified reviewer June 25, 2017
tagged as: tense · dramatic · fun · Detective · thriller
A very strong and perfectly cast ensemble, with bare set and economical direction which allowed for the story and characters to truly shine. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to see A Soldier's Play. I wish the entire cast and production team much success. ... full review
RUTH SILVEIRA certified reviewer June 25, 2017
Well directed, well acted, well written. The issues of the play were illuminated through character. . Basically....it's heartbreaking.... full review