See it if you can handle intense material and want to see an incredible performance by Josh Collins. Exposes the reality of what war can do to someone
Don't see it if you prefer light material and can't handle intense subject matter. At times, this was a very disturbing piece, but tells an important story.
See it if YOu enjoy character studies, anti-war evidence, intelligent and thought-provoking works.
Don't see it if Intensity upsets you.
"What raises this production above the level of civic-obligation theatergoing is Josh Collins’s gorgeously slippery star turn...Yet the Kafkaesque surreality that the play seems to demand is largely missing from this staging. The pacing is a little slack, and the four-person company doesn’t seem as tight as it might be. Even Mr. Collins’s emotionally agile performance can’t make the production viscerally affecting."
“Collins delivers one of the most complex, arresting characterizations to be seen this season…This is a commanding performance, made all the more effective by the actor's fearlessness...Indeed, without Collins' magnetism, ‘9 Circles’ would suffer greatly…‘9 Circles’ is powerful, but it is also relentless and repetitious. If Kent Nicholson's direction can't quite solve this problem, he does provide a sleekly designed production with a solid supporting cast of three.”
"'9 Circles' is Jesuit priest Bill Cain's passionate, deeply thoughtful, frequently profane, sometimes funny, but—at an intermissionless 95 minutes—a bit overextended meditation on the horrors of war...All the performances score strongly, but Collins' as the merciless, damaged, multifaceted Reeves is the greatest gift. Playing someone who is generally hostile or argumentative, and burdened with monstrous tendencies, he nevertheless manages to make the man human, if not sympathetic."
"Collins’ performance is layered and believable...In the very end when he confesses, it seemed forced. The facts of the case did not seem like he committed the crime...In this, Cain’s play fails, or Collins' performance fails to allow us to see the total lack of humanity, or director Nicholson failed in getting Cain’s intent across. Somewhere there is a disconnect because we feel for Reeves and, at one point, we are asked if he is guilty and I do not think my audience would have said yes."