Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

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This world premiere drama tells the story of a shooting massacre stopped before it can happen, and explores the relationship of gun violence to the male identity.

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When Jim sees a teenage boy with two shotguns beneath his trench coat nearing the entrance of the local high school, he pulls his own firearm and stops a potential massacre. Jim is a hero. But as more details on the incident are uncovered, what really happened becomes a lot less clear. 'Shooter' is a human tale focusing on the fallout between three friends, each of whom may have contributed some way to the would-be shooting.


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35
TheaterScene.net

"Half-baked, overacted and with stylized design to the point of distraction...Mr. Graber’s trite scenario is rendered as a superficial by-the-numbers treatment and the presentation is overwrought...Hilbe’s physical positioning of the actors is accomplished and the scenes flow. However, the technical elements are obtrusive and the performances are erratic...Mr. Graber’s preoccupation with sociological concerns hasn’t been matched by a command of playwriting in this leaden exercise." Full Review

40
Theatre is Easy

"Timely, but unsuccessful...To its credit, the script does not offer easy answers; at the same time, it touches so many themes that the overall effect is dizzying and largely unsatisfying...I don't know what playwright Graber wanted 'Shooter' to convey, or even if he had a clear message...Perhaps most unforgivably, 'Shooter' sidesteps an opportunity to delve into the ways gender roles, sexual assault, male chauvinism, and gun violence intersect." Full Review

85
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Perhaps it takes a woman like director Katrin Hilbe to mount this work for maximum effect. It is a play about male bonding…Director Hilbe masterfully weaves dramatic moments together, careful to keep the five actors each in his own character…This riveting drama focuses attention on an issue of crucial importance in our world. It serves one prime purpose of theater, to make comfortable people uncomfortable.” Full Review

75
New York Critic Blog

"Skillfully written...Ean Sheehy gives a terrific performance as Jim, exposing the character’s journey with focus and clarity...However, both the playwright and the director overdo the intensity...Ms. Hilbe keeps her actors at the peak of intensity throughout the play...It’s great to find Mr. Graber examining the same subject in 'Shooter' for the contemporary audience, and in such an adroit production." Full Review

70
Exeunt Magazine

"'Shooter' distinguishes itself by being concerned less with guns and more with the people...The play splits itself three ways...Jim's time in the gun course, Jim's relationship to his childhood friends, and Jim's reckoning with what he's done...The play is at its strongest when it concerns itself with the first of these thread...I found myself yearning for a non-male perspective onstage...Limiting the number of perspectives constrains the play...Still, 'Shooter' makes a lot of smart choices." Full Review

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58
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if In this rather disappointing play, the energy leading up to the climax feels underwhelming. The two supporting actors are outstanding.

Don't see it if A play about the now and the world we live in should be better written and executed. The timeline feels muddled and the writing feels uneven

66
A bit too unrealistic

See it if You want to see a show that focuses on what happens before during and after an almost school shooting

Don't see it if You have trouble suspending disbelief. The idea of what happened in this play is a bit too far fetched an unrealistic for me

Also I really like the idea and concept of this play. I just wish they coul... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Delves deeper than most shooter plays, A bit uneven

See it if you want to better understand a plausible path from not personally wanting guns to actively seeking them out.

Don't see it if having (fake) realistic-looking guns pointed at the audience will trigger you. Uneven writing for/acting by secondary actors will bother you

Also Best gun-related/shooter play I've seen (tho that's a low bar). Other ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are willing to listen and observe the issue from both sides while watching good actors immerse you in the timely topic.

Don't see it if you want a lush production. This is bare bones. Contains some loud moments and the use of fake guns that may disturb some.

67
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're into current events, no matter how disturbing.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of the terrible things that are happening these days.

87
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want a better understanding of why the NRA is so successful. Sheehy, Gnat, and Corbin give particularly good performances.

Don't see it if you want a balanced debate on gun control—this still leans left (although the gun trainer is captivating).

Also Highly recommend. Script sheds so much light on the rhetoric of the gu... Read more Read less

48
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated

See it if If you want to see something that’s basically boring

Don't see it if You want to see something with an interesting plot

35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Bad acting

See it if You want to see a poorly written play that tries to give a sympathetic view of one man's actions during a school shooting.

Don't see it if You expect to see something of quality that deals with gun violence.

Also Very amateurish with poor backdrops (shower curtains) and terrible sou... Read more Read less

69
Too much context--not enough plot

See it if You want to support a small theater company.

Don't see it if Expecting a linear story about a school shooter & his psychology or motivations.. mostly focuses on characters that are perpetrator adjacent

85
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if you want to try to learn WHY? The production makes one think and wisely does not cram it down your throat

Don't see it if It can be upsetting for those who may be directly involved with the violence today..

75
Scary, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting, Unsettling

See it if You like really intense shows about shootings

Don't see it if You won't be comfortable with a lot of guns and violence

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Cliched

See it if You like topical shows dealing with up to date, controversial subjects, you enjoy intense drama's that play on your emotions

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, big productions, light/fluffy subject matter or violence on stage or referred to off stage turns you off

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if If you like a well acted story dealing with friendship,betrayal and anguish.The main character was truly awesome.You felt his identity,pain.

Don't see it if if you need to see a production that has a large space or gimmicks.this is definitely low budget as well as very visceral as well.

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You think you know how you feel about the gun debate-this might help you see things from another way-no matter which side you start from.

Don't see it if You don’t want to listen to any opinions but your own.

74
Well acted, Well crafted

See it if Interesting psychological drama w/ excellent acting including a knock out performance by Corbin as a troubled teen.

Don't see it if This is a very male-centric play. Maybe not the best choice for girls night out. Also, it's not exactly ABOUT school shootings.

55
Edgy, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like a story,/ debate on gun violence. creepy character's that touches on a resonant debate in todays culture.

Don't see it if Show was all over the place, needs to be reworked if it wants to go farther. Author throws a lot at you, very little meet on the bone howeve

72
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you aren't triggered by an intense exploration of guns and gun violence. If you enjoy off-off-bway, somewhat experimental plays

Don't see it if you're freaked out by moral gray areas + guns. If you're looking for a play with women in it/a female perspective (this is only men)

58
Intense, Relevant, Confusing, Uneven, Creepy

See it if you're interested in dramatic responses to the ongoing crisis of gun violence in the US.

Don't see it if spending an evening with 4 creepy guys & 1 cipher is not your idea of fun.

Also Give “Shooter” points for trying to probe the psychology of guys who p... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You are interested in an inside look at toxic masculinity and violence in the modern day.

Don't see it if You can’t handle hard seats or guns.

87
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Its focus on a topic that people need to face. At times its was hard for me to watch, but the story and the casts pull you in.

Don't see it if This is not up lifting show, but a show that need to be seen.

80
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You like current drama

Don't see it if Prefer musicals and comedys

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Slow

See it if You like discussions about masculine expression, repression, and how they can lead to tragedy. A timely look on guilt. Can often be funny

Don't see it if the set is threadbare. The story gives you a lot to chew on, but lacks real resolution, which can be frustrating.

Also While the bug seems to be a feature, I was disappointed with the decis... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if A creative blend of excellent acting, direction, writing & staging is what you like to find when going to the theater.

Don't see it if Must see.

72
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You have an interest in gun control, distribution, and the connection of violence/guns to the male identity.

Don't see it if You have any issue with the talk and display of guns and in depth about death and shootings.

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Confusing, Slow

See it if You want to be intrigued by how a cast discusses a gun incident.

Don't see it if You get annoyed by non linear plots and less than super clear presentation.



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