If you had to use one word to describe this play it would be that. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is a no holds barred glimpse into the heightened reality of several characters in six different vignettes. The play comes from the twisted mind of British playwright Mark Ravenhill, who uses the play as a political platform to discuss the atrocities and effects that an unnamed war is having on its characters in six different scenarios
From the moment the play starts, your eyes, mind and soul are instantly gripped and taken through an angry, intense hurricane that forces you to understand each character’s emotional state and perception of reality.
The play is very effective in its style and tone, conveyed through the marvellous direction of Josh Ramsden and the talented cast of fourteen who deliver jaw dropping performances. They will not only will make you think but also make you feel a plethora of different emotions. Several standouts include Stefan Montalbetti, Danielle Roy, Brandon Murray, Courtney Lato, Lauren Holeuer and Tara Schoonbaert. Montalbetti in particular gives a very scary, intense performance as a soldier who has control issues while dealing with the stress of the war.
This is a play that you will either love or hate — there is no middle ground. It’s an excellent piece of theatre that pushes boundaries and incites intense discussion afterwards. But be forewarned: this is an intense production that will take command of your heart, attention and your mind — and just won’t stop until the curtain falls.
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