Ends Apr 23

Cry Havoc!

Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting
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Critics
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9 reviews
Members
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9 reviews
 

Bedlam presents Stephan Wolfert's solo show in which he weaves personal stories of his military service with some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches.... Read more

After six years in the Army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off a train deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of 'Richard III' that changed his life forever. In this two-act, one-man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service. The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together?

 
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Reviews (18)

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Theatermania

"'Cry Havoc!' is a piece with theatrical roots, and Shakespeare aficionados will certainly appreciate the angle of interpretation that Wolfert presents. But he and his director, Eric Tucker, have created a play whose purpose distinctly veers from the artistic and toward the edifying...While this is a valid use of theater, patrons should know going in that they're more likely to receive a masterful TED Talk about the psychological ramifications of war than a crafted work of art." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

“'Cry Havoc!' cries out to be seen because of the wrenching immediacy brought to its issues via the remarkable performance of Wolfert, a 50-year-old Iraq combat vet...Standing in a totally unadorned black space,...his sleek, dancer's body dressed only in a black t-shirt and dark gray slacks, Wolfert...is the embodiment of ‘the complete actor.’...After you leave 'Cry Havoc!', you'll never look at a homeless man with an ‘I'm a vet. Please help’ sign the same way again.” Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "One of the most compelling one-man shows you’ll see in quite some time...Peppering his story with beautifully performed soliloquies and speeches from Shakespeare’s most powerful plays, Wolfert recounts his discovery of the power of the Bard...It’s also his tremendous command and love of Shakespeare that most certainly furthers his program. One cannot help but be brought in by his infectious passion for the work.." Full Review

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Boston Globe

for a previous production "Powerful theater can ensue when an artist simply, or not so simply, decides to bear witness...Stephan Wolfert commits himself body and soul to that mission in 'Cry Havoc!’, and the result is riveting...Wolfert delivers a dynamic and physically expressive performance...He emphasizes the timeless universality of the soldier’s experience...Wolfert also makes demands on the audience. In particular, he forces us to think about our responsibility to and for the vets." Full Review

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Berkshire On Stage

for a previous production "It is harrowing, hilarious and uplifting. On a bare stage, different worlds come alive by Wolfert’s storytelling and sound effects that he orally mimics...Wolfert’s performance is a high-powered and tender portrayal of a man who has escaped from a dysfunctional, alcoholic family that tried to stifle his creative fires. As his story unfolds he grabs our emotions and challenges our intellect. It is a performance not to be missed." Full Review

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Berkshire Eagle

for a previous production "At once intensely personal while, at the same time, it reaches out not only to veterans in need but to a broader community that, Wolfert insists, needs to understand the plight of veterans and come to their aid...Wolfert meaningfully and seamlessly weaves various soliloquies from Shakespeare into his narrative, a technique that, in less skillful hands, would be little more than pretentious gimmickry. Wolfert is a galvanic, at times frenzied, performer with a captivating personality." Full Review

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Berkshire Edge

for a previous production "In the play, Wolfert often calls on the words of Shakespeare to present the next phase of his story, or to express in glorious tones the inglorious world he has occupied. He moves freely and conveniently between these two worlds...Wolfert is a dynamic performer, a compelling storyteller, and a consummate actor and mime...The play moves swiftly and even the hardest narrative is treated with patience...There is such a directness in all this that it is a marvel." Full Review

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On Stage Blog

for a previous production "A captivating and powerful one-man show...While much of this play is heavy with turmoil, Wolfert does add humor to break up the emotional roller coaster he is taking the audience on. These real-life stories of war and its aftereffects are vividly told, and with seemingly boundless energy, physically acted out by Wolfert in a way that no other actor could do with the same authenticity and passion. This play is unique, honest, compelling and poignantly relevant to today’s world...A must see!" Full Review

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The Arts Fuse

for a previous production "Wolfert interweaves excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays ripped from their context more or less appropriately, yet always making a powerful point. His point is war, war and the pity of war. War and what it does to its warriors...Wolfert’s 'Cry Havoc' does seem to call on us to do something, to act, to walk out of the theater with more than an empathetic catharsis under our belt...Both his message and his performance are more than worth the attention he commands." Full Review

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Avg Score

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Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Want to be challenged.Thought provoking examination of the minds and training of the people who serve in the military.

Don't see it if Want light relaxing evening out

Also After intermission, chairs are put in circle for round table type shar... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if A fascinating presentation of the pain of veterans in the language both Shakespere and today.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows, and you prefer theater experiences that are light and entertaining .

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you think you won't like a solo play about a veteran dealing with his experience and are just the smallest bit open-because you will love it

Don't see it if you can't be even the "smallest bit open"

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Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Fantastic acting, well directed, leaves you thinking

Don't see it if You want something easygoing and uneventful

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You have a love of Shakespeare, interest in veteran stories, and want a compelling teaching moment

Don't see it if You aren't feeling compassionate

100
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if See it! The issue of "de-cruiting" returning soldiers comes into focus.

Don't see it if Can't see a reason why anyone wouldn't want to see this show.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn about what our Vets experience and be a supportive Civilian, or if you are a Vet seeking an experience within a community.

Don't see it if you only like musicals or shows with fancy sets and costumes

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During previews
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if the masterful storytelling of a personal narrative interests you, also Shakespeare references.

Don't see it if you would like to be entertained and not have your thought provoked or discuss a new concept or idea in theater.

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During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if you are looking for a moving exploration of the military veteran experience in America

Don't see it if you're looking for an easy theatre going experience that does not place demands on you as an audience member