A Soldier's Play

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

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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
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
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