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Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home
East Village
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Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(26 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
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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Member Reviews (26)

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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

93
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.

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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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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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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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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