"afghanistan zimbabwe america kuwait" reviews
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions present
Afghanistan Zimbabwe America Kuwait written and directed by Daniel Talbott. May 21st - June 27th, 2015.
With Chris Stack. © 2015 Joan Marcus (www.joanmarcusphotography.com)
"Fine acting...intense performances...
"A pair of American soldiers manning a remote desert outpost find themselves unraveling under the pressure of heat, hunger, boredom and anxiety...
"Leadem [is] portrayed...with a tense, brooding dread by Mr. Miskell."
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Leadem (Brian Miskell) is tense and withdrawn, visited by visions of a ravaged woman...in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare."
- Jenna Scherer, TimeOut New York
"Mesmerizing...The acting couldn't be better...
"Numrich and Miskell give extraordinary performances...
"Brian Miskell is...brilliant. He looks like he expects to be whipped at any moment. He, too, is only relaxed and physically free in his fantasies with the Serbian girl."
- John Clum, Theatre Reviews by John Clum
"The cast is uniformly brilliant...Brian Miskell gives a charming vulnerability to Leadem who leans heavily on his vivid imagination to survive the desert."
- David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited
"Our primary focus is Leadem, sympathetically portrayed by Miskell as an awkward, distrustful young man who's been forced to grow up far too quick...
"While Leadem comes off as inexperienced and innocent talking with his compatriots, his deeper (and darker) maturity is illuminated through his interactions with a female Serbian prisoner...whose past mistreatment at the hands of Leadem's compatriots haunts the soldier. "
- Jacob Horn, Curtain Up
"Some dramas get under your skin. Daniel Talbott’s “Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait” seeps into your windpipe...
"It’s gritty stuff...The acting is uniformly strong."
- Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
"[A] fine cast...a dark, bleak experience, an existential exploration of...the soldiers’ physical and psychological terror."
- This Week in New York
“A nightmarish study in the senselessness of war...
"Hallucinatory...sweaty intensity of the highly physical performances...
"Eventually the dying men more or less go out of their minds."
- Michael Sommers, New Jersey News Room
“This provocative, thoughtful play will leave audiences...thinking about the human cost of war as well as the social price of these expenditures.”
- Eleanor J. Bader, Theatre Is Easy