Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home
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Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home

Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home NYC Reviews and Tickets

(26 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Poetic Theater Productions and the Wild Project present J. A. Moad II's solo play in which the toll of war reverberates across three generations of Americans.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (26)

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31 Reviews | 29 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You like one-person shows with deep personal messages

Don't see it if You’re looking for a feel-good fluff piece

10 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want a serious evening of theater highlighted by excellent acting. I see a lot of theater and this one man show was quite good.

Don't see it if You want to relax w/lite fare.

3 Reviews | 2 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Humane

See it if your favorite part of history is Story. In this story three distinct generations of Americans emerge full blown from one artist's psyche.

Don't see it if you're looking for escapist entertainment.

Also This play is an exhilarating experience because it's like watching a relay race that hands off a baton of echoed war time trauma first to a Vet's young son who hands it to a Veteran's father who hands it off to a combat Veteran who uses the audience as the trio's anchor man when the Vet hands it off to each audience member with the expectation that we will make the final dash to the finish line of empathy and understanding of how war affects us all, whether or not we have experienced an actual foreign battlefield. I was astounded at how one man could encompass such an entertaining and transformative trinity of pain by stepping into the skin of three very different people joined together by an attempt to sort out the confusion that a primary and secondary source of combat experience fosters on all three of these war victims. If what I've written sounds somewhat depressing, it is not. An enlightenment of our human frailty moves this performance away from darkness.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to explore how our military-industrialized, racialized society especially affects veterans and their families through generations.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved to think about how our country treats veterans as disposable components. Or if you just want a comedy show.

Also A complex subject, yes. But one which calls our attention to the every day reality all around us...if we are willing to listen and see. The three stories presented weave together threads resulting in a layered and nuanced picture of the fabric of our society. Every thoughtful citizen should see this show. A powerful component is Veterans Voices 2017, in which a veteran artist presents a short work before each show. The performance of Everett Cox with Sarah N. Mess was powerful and thought-provoking!

1 Review | 1 Follower
Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a concerned and compassionate citizen of the world...

Don't see it if I feel everyone SHOULD see it!

Also J.A. Moad's play and James Stanton's prologue were incredibly powerful. The authors' strong and touching performances enhanced the impact of the evening. Their voices moved me and resonated with me both literally and metaphorically.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you have been desensitized by endless media statistics about wars that no one seems to want but everyone keeps voting to continue.

Don't see it if you are only looking for theatrical fluff and a feel-good escape that will leave you unchanged.

Also This amazing production blew me away. I have always felt comfortably disconnected from the experience of war. The veterans I have known in the past have kept very quiet about their personal experiences. J. A. Moad II and "Veteran Voices 2017" opened my eyes and mind with such ferocious intensity that I had no choice but to look reality right in its damaged but ultimately hopeful face. Almost nothing of what we hear of war comes from the people who are actually fighting it. We need to hear what these extraordinary people have to say… And they need to be heard. Their personal experiences are so much more profound, complex, and passionate than I had ever bothered to imagine. We are not moved by generic news reports. We are moved by the stark humanity of individual personal experiences, expressed directly from the heart. This show is waking people up. I am very grateful to have experienced this important work. It changed me. See it if you can.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in contemporary issues of war and culture, and how the current unending wars impact those at the war and home fronts.

Don't see it if you know you will be triggered by war experiences.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a civilian who wants to learn and connect, you're a loved one of a vet, or you're a vet yourself.

Don't see it if you're afraid it might trigger PTSD, but know that the heart of the piece is about healing and the audience found supportive connection.

Critic Reviews (6)

October 2nd, 2017

"Such schmaltz is liable to give you a toothache with its saccharine overload. Moad is really at his best when his language is saltier. That's why the third act, 'Quittin' Meth,' is the strongest of the three...Director Leah Cooper works to illuminate Moad's language in her bare-bones staging...Whatever the faults in Moad's performance, one has to admire his drive to bring a vitally important subject to the stage, one that is frustratingly underrepresented in our theater."
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October 2nd, 2017

"Sober, somber and overall compelling...In terms of the atmospherically detailed writing and Moad’s enjoyably intense performance, 'Quittin’ Meth' is the most powerful of the program...Moad II is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and has a distinguished career as an academic and is not an experienced theater practitioner. 'Outside Paducah' is a passionate and fitfully engrossing work that reflects his noble intentions of celebrating those who fought in these controversial and traumatic battles."
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Theatre is Easy
October 9th, 2017

"Moad is a stronger writer than performer. Each act succinctly gets its story across without too many expository details and conveys the emotions of the characters without being over the top, but there isn't much more that Moad adds that you can't get from the page. His delivery is fairly similar in all three...Though Moad is not the most compelling performer, the production elements help mask this."
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Off Off Online
October 5th, 2017

"The strength of Moad’s writing lies in the messy emotions that shift to the fore: uncertainty, desperation, sorrow, resentment and pain. There is an impressionistic, almost stream-of-conscious quality about them that, helped by Leah Cooper’s tight direction...As an actor, Moad vividly embodies the characters...The final portrait of a veteran who has become a barfly plumbs the depths of confusion and misery that the long wars have wrought on those who have served in the military."
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October 2nd, 2017

“‘Outside Paducah’ explores the effects of America's recent wars on the men at home. It is searing and thoughtful without being political or toxic. Writer / performer J. A. Moad II creates 3 excellent stories told in first person: by a young son, a father and a veteran. Although superficially unrelated, they illustrate the complexity of veteran's experiences and their reentry into life at home. The show is bolstered by effective projections and music.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 16th, 2016
For a previous production

“Gripping…Moad’s writing is deeply humane, creating characters that ring true and whose emotions seep into our consciousness…'Outside Paducah' marks playwright Moad's first time out as an actor. He made a spectacular debut, giving each of the characters a whole life and specific point of view…Credit goes also to Leah Cooper whose direction provided smooth pacing, with time to absorb the weight of what was being shared, without losing momentum."
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