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The Hero’s Wife

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Aline Lathrop

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Peachtree Playhouse
ID# 5480

SHOWING : April 11, 2019 - May 05, 2019

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"The Hero’s Wife" is presented by Synchronicity Theatre in a Joint World Premiere with 16th Street Theater Chicago.

Karyssa desperately tries to connect with her Navy SEAL husband, Cameron. Most of his life has been classified. What’s left, he won’t talk about. While he works to rebuild his world, secret night terrors whisper to a violent past. As Karyssa gets closer, the more dangerous Cameron becomes, but she won’t stop until she unearths the secrets of the man she loves and lights his way home.

**Mature content: This production contains physical and sexual violence, strong language, and gun shot sound effects.**


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Rachel May
Cameron J. Joe Sykes
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REVIEWS

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Vignette Overload
by playgoer
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
2.5
Aline Lathrop’s "The Hero’s Wife" shows us the interactions between a husband recently retired from the military and his newish wife. They were happily married before his last deployment, but he’s come back a changed man, prone to violent night terrors of which he has no memory in the morning. Ms. Lathrop’s script shows us repeated short scenes of these nightmares, through which the wife begins to piece together what really happened to her husband overseas.

Sara W. Culpepper has designed a lovely set at Synchronicity, all pale blue, with skewed and tilted walls and shelves, the floor painted in the same overwhelming blue. Stage right we have the bedroom; stage left we have a living room. Up center there’s a galley kitchen, of which we see primarily a high counter. Beams angle across the ceiling. It’s modern and almost austere, with a certain dreamlike quality. Allen Hahn’s lighting enhances the mood of each scene, with Kimberly Binns’ video projections playing across the walls during many scene transitions in a fractured, fragmentary way that is as highly evocative as sound designer Dan Bauman’s accompanying music.

Cole Spivia’s costumes and Courtney Loner’s props add a bit of reality to the proceedings. There are a lot of bed scenes, so a lot of PJs and underwear are on display, but no total nudity. Makeup is effective, showing the bruises resulting from nighttime violence.

Rachel May has directed the play with a lethargic pulse that emphasizes the briefness of dialogue in scene after scene. It seems that three lines are spoken, then we have a wordless scene, often as motionless as a vignette. After a while, it becomes enervating. Yes, there seems to be an affecting story underlying the static action of the play, but it’s so boring in the telling that attention wanders. By the time we get to an equivocally happy vignette at the end, it’s too little too late.

With pulse-quickening performances, the play might work better. Here, we have Joe Sykes showing us a standard strong-and-silent brute whose machismo overwhelms any underlying sensitivity and Rebecca Robles, acting more like a young college newlywed than the hard-scrabble yoga instructor of the script. There’s a sanitized feeling to the whole thing. Raw sexual chemistry between the two is lacking. With more of a blue collar feel to the performances, the script might come to life. As it is, Synchronicity’s "The Hero’s Wife" seems like an academic study, lifeless and more than a little bland. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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