Glitch

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

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Review by RUSSELL EATON

June 15, 2018 http://www.myhauntlife.com original article
tagged as: timely · dark · topical

What I liked

The performances are low-key and effective. It would have been easy to portray the journalist as angry and self-righteous and the gunman as evil. Emotionally, that might have been more crowd-pleasing. Intelligently, Glitch does not take the easy route. The matter-of-fact approach and simple staging emphasize the complicated points being made. There is no comfort here… and there shouldn’t be.

What I didn't like

The static blocking could be adjusted to offer more movement for the cast. The choice to have both characters facing the audience may undercut the idea of the journalist being affected by what she is hearing.

My overall impression

Framed as a conversation between a journalist and a man convicted of killing multiple people in a school shooting, this piece does not concentrate on the issue of guns, instead it concentrates on the issues of people. Almost underplayed by the cast, it is effective in raising the issues but does not offer solutions. This piece wants you to think

Glitch is a message piece, for sure. It does not hide its intentions very deeply. What you see is what you are to walk away with… we need to focus on the issue of guns, gun control and the role guns play in American society.

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