BWW Review: AMERICAN HERO at GSP-Drama at its Finest
American Hero is now being performed at George Street Playhouse (GSP) through February 25. The play by Christopher Demos-Brown is the second in his trilogy that focuses on injustice in America. Demos-Brown's first play in the series, American Son, was produced by GSP last season and will open on Broadway this year. American Hero features meticulous direction by the Playhouse's Artistic Director, David Saint and has a splendid cast. This is drama at it's finest. See it!
In the play, Marine Captain Rob Wellman returns home from active duty in Iraq a highly decorated hero. He owns a booming business and lives with his teenage daughter, Shawn who seems destined to carry on her family's military legacy. Rob's successes are challenged when a troubled fellow veteran, Mary visits his home and discloses some alarming details about their wartime service. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Mary was also a hero, but not commended because of her race and gender. Conflicting attitudes concerning privilege, loyalty, heroism, and injustice are depicted in this emotional, gripping story about war and its effects on soldiers.
The four-member cast of American Hero is a perfect collective. They master Christopher Demos-Brown's well-crafted, intense dialogue along with the show's rapid scene changes. They include Armand Schultz as Rob; John Bolger as Captain/Others; Kally Duling as Shawn; and Laiona Michelle as Mary. Audiences are transported to active battle zones, military meetings, and revealing parlor discussions.
The Production team has done a stunning job of bringing American Hero to the stage. They include Set Design by Jason Simms; Costume Design by David Murin; Lighting Design by Christopher J. Bailey; Sound Design by Scott Killian; Fight Direction by Rick Sordelet; Production Manager is Christopher J. Bailey; Production Stage Manager is Nicole Kuker; Casting is by McCorkle Casting, Ltd.
American Hero is a compelling theatrical piece that will open up essential conversations about current social issues. We compliment George Street Playhouse for making it available to metro area audiences. Experience this outstanding new play while it is on the New Brunswick stage.
American Hero runs for 95 minutes with no intermission. It will be performed through 2/25. For ticketing and more information, visit https://georgestreetplayhouse.org/ or call 732.246.7717.
George Street Playhouse's longtime venue in downtown New Brunswick is being razed to make way for a new performing arts center that will serve as the Playhouse's future home. They have taken residence in the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture at 103 College Farm Road. It is conveniently located right off of Route 1 on Rutgers University's Cook Campus. This interim venue features expansive lobby spaces, an outdoor patio, and free nearby parking.
Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson