Cal in Camo
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Cal in Camo

Cal in Camo NYC Reviews and Tickets

(31 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the Show

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Colt Coeur present this world premiere about a young mother who tries to understand her present by looking into her past.

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Great acting, Uneven, Unfocused

See it if The performances are great especially Katya Campbell.

Don't see it if There are some great moments but I found it a bit unfocused, would have liked to have seen more of Cal's struggles play out.

Relevant, Original, Absorbing, Intelligent, Touching

See it if You want to be frightened, saddened and uplifted. You are inspired by well-developed characters coping with challenging circumstances.

Don't see it if The following themes don't interest you: postpartum depression, man & nature, and our need for connection.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
May 20th, 2016

"An earnest and tenderhearted play about the search for family…Staged with scrupulous attention to detail by the director, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and an expert design team, this production shares its characters’ questing and sometimes awkward sincerity…Wesley, Campbell and Harbour convincingly convey the awkwardness of people out of their element. But they can’t disguise a sense of spontaneous character sometimes being subordinated to a writer’s cosmic purposes."
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Time Out New York
May 20th, 2016

"William Francis Hoffman’s powerful, too-brief 'Cal in Camo' is ruthlessly grown-up...In fiercely written dialogues, each damaged person unlocks another. Hoffman writes beautifully for actors: climactic, showcase scenes (if not yet the interstitial bits or the plot). In these bravura moments, Campbell is startling and Wesley is superbly vulnerable. But it’s Harbour, his massive buffalo forehead beetled down in confusion, who’s unmissable here. His performance fills the room."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 23rd, 2016

“An exercise in clinical depression that seems determined to be as off-putting as possible...The playwright is so busy drawing neat little dramatic patterns that he never gets around to creating characters who make any sort of psychological sense...As Flynt, a one-dimensional icon of suffering, Paul Wesley is hopelessly lumbered...The people don't make sense, but as long as the symbols are in place, I guess the author is happy.”
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May 25th, 2016

"Playwright Hoffman offers a quirky, weirdly compelling if not totally satisfying take on contemporary American life. Mr. Hoffman’s dialogue is richly expressive bordering on poetic and enhances his true-to-life melancholic characters. The plot is slender and problematic...Adrienne Campbell-Holt’s direction realizes the material with the thoughtful performances and proficient physical staging...'Cal in Camo' is interestingly odd but is off-kilter."
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May 21st, 2016

"Their mysteriousness may be an intentional product or simply a result of the characters being a means to the author's end; either way, it can obfuscate the action of the play, or at least distance us from what is otherwise a production characterized by its immediacy. At its best, though, that immediacy can certainly be quite gripping...In this production, with the care of Campbell-Holt and the commitment of the actors, it's the power of feeling that leaves the strongest mark."
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Stage Buddy
May 20th, 2016

"Directed with precision and style by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, 'Cal in Camo' often gets away with a too-heavy use of symbolic imagery by having the actors play everything right on the surface...Harbour is terrific as the man who tries to deny his primal instincts in the name of civilization, while Campbell is devastating, and ultimately haunting...Wesley, however, is the play’s true revelation...He brings a childlike wonder and sweetness to a part that might have been played just for show."
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May 31st, 2016

“Although the ensemble cast members deliver impressive performances with authenticity and believability, Mr. Hoffman’s script is somewhat less impressive as is Adrienne Campbell-Holt’s direction. The script is often less than believable and the characters' traits are not always consistent. Ms. Campbell-Holt’s direction is serviceable but rarely stretches beyond the basics...However, ‘Cal in Camo’ is at times an engaging psychological study of one fractured family system.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 22nd, 2016

"‘Cal in Camo’ a well-acted, naturalistic, emotionally taut, kitchen-sink drama peppered with ambiguity...Some of it is straightforward, some is surreal, some is funny, and some is opaque...‘Cal in Camo’ teeters too often near symbolism's slippery sinkhole...but the play's savory dialogue and credible performances grasp you tightly enough to keep you involved throughout its 70 intermissionless minutes."
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The Huffington Post
May 24th, 2016

“Cal and Tim are so volatile that audience members will wonder why they’re watching such unpleasant people...It may be that the eventual ‘Cal in Camo’ saving grace is its illustration of how disappointed and disturbed people find a way to get through to one another. Unfortunately, Cal, Tim and Flynt are unbearable for so long—Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the flummoxed director—that by the time they reconcile, few watching them will care.”
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Off Off Online
May 21st, 2016

"Given the somber plot, 'Cal in Camo' is often surprisingly humorous, with actors who reach deep to pull out emotionally charged performances…Relish the amusing moments, because 'Cal in Camo' is a gut-wrenching play…'Cal in Camo' is meant to be uneasy, and director Adrienne Campbell-Holt makes sure of it. The dialogue is fast and the narrative hard, begging to be heard...The camouflage is ripped aside and the human spirit is revealed, bruises and all."
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