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
MATT RITCHEY uncertified reviewer June 12, 2017
There are very few large cast shows at Fringe where every single actor is on point at all times. But this is one of them. Great staging and direction by Victor Isaacs helping craft (and give) performances real and connected. Strong performances across the board but I would be remiss if I didn't mention stand-out moments from Dominic Daniels, Ryan Lacey, and Rosney Mauger. Powerful stuff. I advise witnessing it for yourselves.... 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
TONY FRANKEL stage and cinema certified reviewer June 16, 2017
As sturdily written and swiftly moving as it was in 1982, Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play remains an enduring testament to the home front battles that African-American soldiers fought during World War II, within their ranks as well as with white comrades in arms. It’s a kind of upfront, downhome American classic, and director Victor Isaac and his company at the Hollywood Fringe Festival lift it to relevance, even urgency. (See my review)... full review
ANTHONY BACKMAN uncertified reviewer June 18, 2017
A SOLDIER'S PLAY is a fantastic show that is well performed and staged. On the surface this is a mystery. The story plays out in the deep south in the era of WWII. Immediately we are thrown into murder investigation and the complications that arise from it's circumstance. The journey to discover the murderer is engaging and deals with racial themes and cultural divides.... 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