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A War In A Manger

a World Premiere
by Chris Cragin Day

VENUE : 14th Street Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1539

SHOWING : March 10, 2006 - April 02, 2006



Author Chris Cragin-Day
Rachel Amy Adams
Father Peter Tony Foresta
Ayat Greg Holmes
Mayor Manny Oliveira
Hassam Tom Thon
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Well that ticked me off...
by tylers
Monday, March 27, 2006
Lets see... where do I begin...

I saw this show opening night and was quite hopeful that it, much like "Love Jerry" that I saw earlier this year, would be a very stirring performance. Little did I know what was in store.

Amy Adams & Tony Foresta (Rachel & Father Peter) I put these to main characters together for this review for one reason... I hated them both. Neither Ms. Adams nor Mr. Foresta showed once ounce of passion while they were on stage, to say nothing of the fact that neither of them were believable at all. Ms. Adams choice to play a flippant Grad Studenteque film maker was absolutely insulting. As many of you know I have been following the Jill Carroll story closely and to many anyone, man or woman, who goes into a war torn region in order to document what is going on there anything other than unbelievably passionate is just plain pathetic. Ms. Adams seemed like she was just trying to get a good grade on a school project. Mr. Foresta showed an equal lack of passion in portraying a Priest from America who volunteers to go to the Holy Land and protect a sacred site. While I could go on, and on, and on about these two I won't other than to say I found their performances to be a waste of oxygen.

Manny Oliviera (Mayor) This character was actually one of the saving graces of the show. While he was talking on his cell phone trying to resolve this conflict he was positively electric. Possible his talent as compared to other performances left me wondering why he was not in a much larger venue. I would actually say his performance is the single best I have seen in a male this year. It was clear to me that he knew his subject matter and actually cared about the character he was portraying... he made art.

Tom Thon (Hassam) This was another character that actually pulled the show out of the crapper for me. While at times I felt he could have been a little more clear, or had more volume with his speech rather, I saw a man who was willing to do anything for his cause. The speech he makes to Rachel about why his forces use suicide bombers left me absolutely breathless.

Ford Lindsey (Yusuf) This was a child actor so I am not going to say anything much other than someone at the theater needs to get him a dialect coach.

Greg Holmes (Ayat) This character was a smaller one but Mr. Holmes did a fine job playing the "muscle" of the organization.

For my final thought about this show I am going to have to take a MAJOR issue with the playwright, Chris Cragin Day. Rather than go into how sappy I thought it was to be ULTRA politically correct with this story I will simply state this... While I understand that historical fiction must have some degree of poetic license I have a HUGE problem with totally changing the outcome of said history. In reality this conflict was resolved rather peacefully, as compared to other conflicts in the area, with the exiling of several Palestinian militants. However, Mrs. Cragin decided to throw historical fact to the wayside and end it with a suicide bombing of a sacred site. It was irresponsible and I cannot believe that she, or anyone involved with Art Within, would think that completely disregarding what actually happened during the final hours of this situation would not be a simply dissrepectful thing to do. Shame on you Mrs. Cragin and shame on you Art Within.

Tyler Schaker

P.S. I should have rated this a 2 as some of the actors were good as I mentioned above but clearly the lack of respect for history pissed me the hell off. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Clarification by bcoley
Just wanted to respond from an Art Within perspective. The play is restrained greatly by the space performed, which may have created confusion of the ending. The play does not end with a suicide bombing of the church of the Nativity. The epilogue scene between the priest and the videographer actually has them recounting the end of the conflict as a negotiation and exile of the militants. We took dramatic license because this does not make for a great climax. Instead, we decided to have a fictional boy who actually gives his life to save a war from breaking out between both sides and preserving the church. Since we are still in development of the script, this is clearly a place in the script to clarify so that others do not get the same impression...thank you for your thoughts.
It pissed my ass off! by actor_luvin_fan
The lack of respect in history is a tryant!I know my past reviews I have been soft but, I totally agree with tylers.


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