Less Than Rent's new production explores the lives of historical reenactors. More…
From the show:
Every year, across the country, thousands of historical reenactors stage the bloodiest, most divisive battles fought on American soil. Pursuing total authenticity, they fire muskets, chew hardtack, and wear handmade period clothing in brutal weather.
Drawing on a series of interviews begun by playwright Talene Monahon in 2015, the play weaves together verbatim conversations with Revolutionary and Civil War reeanactors. How to Load a Musket offers a unique look at this all-consuming hobby and the people who practice it as they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a national battle over how history is told.
See it if you're interested in US history (Revol/Civil War). Meet quirky participants in re-enactments. Not much plot, but interesting stories.
Don't see it if you need plot (only arc is abt creating HTLAM). But strg acting, solid staging, Drags a bit. You'll learn how to load/to wear 3-corner hat.
See it if great acting, actors play multiple parts. Interesting to learn about this world and various outlooks. More like a documentary than a play.
Don't see it if If you don't want to think about the topic of war reenactors or current politics. The play is about an hour and a half, no intermission.
See it if you are interested in a look into real mindsets that may be unlike your own, even inexplicable to your own.
Don't see it if you don’t wish to examine the justifications people give for their racism that they don’t think is racist.
See it if you want to see something that is seen as quirky turned into an interesting hobby.
Don't see it if you don't like monologues...each person speaks individually for the most part. Don't let that deter you, it's really well put together.
See it if You want to enjoy an excellent ensemble cast in a great take on a subject you might have dismissed
Don't see it if You want each actor to play one singular role
See it if You are someone who enjoys non-linear plays. Or have an interest in reenactora.
Don't see it if You are someone who likes linear plays. Or plays with a straight forward plot.
See it if You enjoy history told in an informative manner that also feels entertaining. Characters play more than one part, but each is convincing.
Don't see it if You do not like historical data.
See it if You like new work, possibly still evolving. Verbatim quotes from reenactors woven into thoughtful play, w insights to their motivations
Don't see it if Slick production with elaborate sets. Questions answered at the end.
See it if you want a docudrama that's heavy on the docu and light on the drama. See my review at TheaterLife.com for details.
Don't see it if want a docudrama that's heavy on the drama and light on the docu. See my review at TheaterLife.com for details.