Glitch

ensemble theatre rough riders theatre cavalry · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ANNE ROTH

June 01, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The actors deliver their dialogue faced out to the audience. The play utilized a particularly hostile set in order to universalize the horror depicted throughout the play. The lights were dimmed and the backdrop was flat black. In this way, attention is drawn to those moments when the main character savages the “norm” of school and society. The effect is powerful and exhausting. It’s difficult to say one “enjoyed” such a painfully wrenching drama but it certainly makes one think and reflect.

What I didn't like

The journalist character could be played as a more professional journalist. While her subject was dispicable, in the real world she would have needed to stay more objective.

My overall impression

Snyder-Eaton’s production of Glitch captured all the horror of a world where mass shootings have become commonplace. The shooter lives in a world where life has treated him hatefully, brutishly, and, what seems to be worst for him, inconsequentially. Snyder-Eaton’s play forces the audience to wrestle with the notion that freedom permits eccentricity and even madness; and to a point, enables it.

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