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

world premiere
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June 10, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: gun violence · American · empathy · dark

What I liked

The writing is smart, witty, and engaging. With chilling performances by Jordan Klompf and Gemma Pilar Alfaro, the dialogue between these characters is filled with very real discomfort, an honest and vulnerable sadness, and rage that will hit you in the pit of your stomach.

What I didn't like


My overall impression

Haunting, captivating, important. To be able to have empathy with a sociopath seems like an unconquerable task. To get into their mind seems unsettling and dark. Yet, this show is an equal display of a call for change as it is a call to understand those we don’t want to, so we can have that hope to change at all. I felt myself begin to humanize this disgusting man – not because of his reasoning for his unthinkable actions, but because of the circumstances which allowed him to grow into someone who could kill so easily and in his mind, reasonably. This story was uncomfortable and deeply important.

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