BREAKING RANK! presented by Howard Petrick as part of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
In his one-man autobiographical show, Howard Petrick offers a very interesting perspective on his life in the military during the Vietnam War. Over the course of the play, Petrick portrays over 20 characters.
While well-rehearsed, I did find Petrick performance to be a bit flat. While the military monotone works for the military superiors and bureaucrats, I would have liked to see more energy and personality when he was portraying his contemporaries and especially himself. I’ve seen Petrick at the Fringe Bar Series and I’d like to have seen a bit more of his “everyday” self on stage to help connect with the audience.
My only issue with the script was that I never felt Petrick allowed us into his head. Where did his convictions come from? What did he hope to accomplish that first day when refusing to complete his paperwork? When did he decide to become an activist? A short coda dealing with these questions would have been of great interest to me.
Overall, a strong personal story that needs a bit more “oomph” in its delivery.
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