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. More…
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.
“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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
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).
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.
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.
See it if if you enjoy a suspenseful, complex story dealing with today's mass shootings at schools that leaves the audience with many unanswered quest
Don't see it if you prefer lighter entertainment that is easy to follow.
See it if You would appreciate a well acted well written play concerning the prevention of a school shooting by an individual with his own motivations
Don't see it if You can’t stand watching guns and shootings especially after Parkland
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.
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
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.
See it if You want to see a downtown-feel play that deals with imminent issues in our society. The writing and the thoughts put into it really shines.
Don't see it if The flaws: acting was sometimes wooden and/or uneven, the pace was a bit slow, the ending monologue felt forced though beautiful.
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
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.
See it if you like an edgy one act play with simple staging that is focused on the very polarizing yet relevant topic of guns.
Don't see it if you want a play that resolves things for the protagonist at the end of the show.
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.
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.
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