Set in the not-too-distant future, Women in Combat Theatre Project's new drama follows the first official mixed-gender infantry unit in the U.S. Army from training to deployment. More…
A ‘Bullet Catcher’ is Army slang for infantrymen. They live and die on the front lines and carry this nickname like a badge of honor. The honorable men who volunteer for this service don’t take it lightly. Neither do the women. Told in part through dance, music, and poetry, 'Bullet Catchers' is a collaboratively written play based on interviews with current service members and veterans, as well as members of the Women in Combat Theatre Project's ensemble.
"'Bullet Catchers,' an evocative, elemental play-meets-movement piece-meets-a cappella performance, succeeds in a way that no other play I’ve seen in the past two years has, and for so many reasons...One of the most engaging, genuine, provocative, and humbling pieces of theater I’ve seen in years...'Bullet Catchers' understands to its core that women’s voices in the armed forces...have been kept quiet for too long, or are altogether ignored in favor of their male colleagues." Full Review
"Three of the cast are veterans and many more service members were interviewed in the devising process. The result is stunning. It’s a story told in dialogue, in sound and movement, in dance and in silence...With no set, the actors give athletic performances to fill the space with physicality. Nothing looks accidental in a show this meticulous. Julia Sears has demanded discipline from her troops and every one of them carries their rifle with expert precision." Full Review
“Military units train, live, and fight together, and 'Bullet Catchers' realistically depicts the resulting interpersonal dynamics…This powerful and engaging play raises awareness not just about women’s contributions to defending the United States, but for their tight-knit integration with male troops in well-trained units. It also highlights women’s deep desire to serve…Given the current political climate, ‘Bullet Catchers’ is a necessary performance.” Full Review
"Yoking together—not always tidily—elements of workplace drama, movement theater, and mystic allegory, the ensemble-devised piece gets a decent amount of mileage from its appealing, hardworking cast...On the downside, the sketchy script doesn’t give our heroes in fatigues much texture or nuance, just glimpses of private life between movement sequences...Still, director Julia Sears fuses her troops into a cohesive force, executing dance interludes with muscular grace and grit." Full Review
"The military background of some cast members enriches the entire production with heartfelt, realistic nuances. Unfortunately we don’t get to know all seven members of the unit closely…A lot of the relationships, inside and outside the base, are left as loose ends…The reinvented goddess from Greek mythology seems to be from another play; ‘Bullet Catchers’ is best when it is talking about real women in combat…Unfortunately the current production suffers from a lack of cohesiveness." Full Review
See it if You enjoy stories of empowered and strong women. Are interested in the military. Like non linear, unique storyline
Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy, or only like linear plots. If the military doesn't interest you, or you want a large scale musical
See it if you want to be immersed in real service member experiences told powerfully onstage (the plot is hardly as nonlinear as others are saying).
Don't see it if you dislike deviation from nontraditional theatre (even if the artistic elements are grounded) or don't care about women in the military.
See it if you like devised theatre and enjoy good movement based work.
Don't see it if you can't always hear every bit of what's being said. The acoustics in the space cause some trouble.
See it if You have an interest in a novel pov on military vis a vis society. 8 players with rifles on a bare stage. They conjure the rest.
Don't see it if You don't like war themes. You don't like lesbian themes. You want pizazz. This is all up to you. Needs editing.
See it if You like physical shows where actors work together to present big movements in a structred fashion. Strong women roles with intense conflics
Don't see it if Army shows bore you. If you have difficulty following an unstructured plot
See it if You like dramas that are about contemporary subjects but use a lot of symbolism & metaphors to get the point across while being graphic too.
Don't see it if You don't like women's/equality issues or prefer a straight forward story line.
See it if you enjoy compassionate minimalist movement-based storytelling of truth-based military stories from women. Some staging was gorgeous.
Don't see it if it's about celebrating women in combat not questioning the war. Some tripping over lines, some hard-to-follow symbolic bits, sound issues.
See it if you are interested in women in combat roles, you like performance art, interesting choreography, non-linear plot.
Don't see it if If you are anti-war, would prefer neither men nor women in combat, can take a show with no humor.
See it if Support diverse voices; involvement of Adrienne Brammer USAF, esp strong. Flashes of thoughtful insight on burdens & pros of military career
Don't see it if Would prefer realistic, plot-driven show over overwrought allegorical framing device. Bad sightlines, awful acoustics, weak links in cast
See it if You want a take on war by actual soldiers. You support new work.
Don't see it if You need fully developed theatre in a classic setting. This was in a church with terrible acoustics. I couldn't hear/understand the words.
See it if You believe in the empowerment f women in the arts in all areas, you liked Wonder Woman, you are okay not having a super narrative plot
Don't see it if Movement pieces aren't for you, you would rather watch a neat and tidy show. You hate women.
See it if Realistic plot based on collected stories incorporating music, some dance, of mixed gender combat unit is strong, bracketed by less compel..
Don't see it if ling allegory of war goddess. Echoing acoustics in large performance space do not help, but earnest and well-performed.
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