THE WAVE presented by Unity Productions as part of the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
Jon Kovach has a knack for finding some truly interesting one-man shows. Following up last year’s entry of Nothing, this year, Jon brings us THE WAVE by Ron Jones.
Based on a true story, the show recounts a social experiment that quickly created a fascist state on campus. The play deftly illustrates how individual freedoms can be abandoned for collective goals.
Addressing the audience as his class (the fact that the audience is actually sitting in a classroom doesn’t hurt), Kovach serves as both narrator and participant, and is easily convincing as a young, enthusiastic, history teacher in 1960s California. Jon transitions well from naivety of what his character has started, to excitement, worry and fear as the experiment comes close to “hopping the rails.”
Overall a strong performance of a strong script. Definitely worth checking out.
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