Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: The Saga of the Concussion Era

Listen up sports fans, here's some theater for you! With the media continuing to explode about athlete safety with concussions, comes Eric William Morris and Ashley Rodbro’s's Running Interference. The drama follows pro quarterback Ryan as he visits high school pals Jenny and Ben and their son Charlie at the family beach house. Through a series of flashbacks and clever inside the huddle bits, we learn that Ryan has a history of concussions and the latest caused a massive life change. Ryan not only tears apart his own life but those around him. Running Interference is an important story about the psychological downfall of an athlete. With the "do anything to win" mentality" that is destroying the game, Running Interference couldn't come at a better time. But important doesn't always mean powerful. The way the piece is structured, Morris and Rodbro spend a lot of time in the past rather than figuring out the present. The woes of the high school flashback force exposition that can easily be summed up in a line or two. Or figured out by an audience who saw it coming a mile away. Ryan's antics are what make this piece relevant. With such interesting material and commentary, it's interesting to see that Jenny and Ben do not comment on Charlie's future in the game. They know that their son has promise and a decent arm but after watching the downfall of Ryan, what parent would want their child to endure that potential life? It's another layer that Morris and Rodrbo could develop into their poignant story.
As focal character Ryan, Jeff Todesco was a pro. The mental state of Ryan was certainly difficult to actively portray but Todesco managed to sell it and sell it well. As husband and wife, Terra Mackintosh and Adam Petchel had the extraordinary task of playing parent to both their own son and their adult friend. Mackintosh and Petchel both had fun in their performance. Harrison Chad as young Charlie played up the all-knowing youth card. Chad offered a solid performance that you wish you got to see more of.
Directed by Jonathan Judge-Russo, Running Interference escaped the tackles and zoomed down field. Judge-Russo allowed the slow moments to stew by keeping the overall pace high. The scenic design by Adam Wyron featured some summer lawn furniture and a series of panels against the black masking. And you spent the entire show waiting for the panels to do something aside from sit there and break up the monetary of the Fringe space. Sadly, they didn’t. The sound design by Nara Shin was quite exceptional, especially when it came to the voice overs. Shin allowed you to feel as if you were alone in Ryan’s helmet. The elimination of sound was essential for the moments to feel accurate.
Running Interference is a very poignant play that shares a story that deserves to be heard. But is this story captivating enough to open more eyes? It’s doubtful. Morris and Rodbro have something on their hands with great potential.


  1. Wholesale Stuart Weitzman 5050 The love of women for Stuart Weitzman 5050 their shoes is very legendary. Cheap Stuart Weitzman 5050 Most women like to personal as many Stuart Weitzman 5050 pairs as possible -- and sometimes Stuart Weitzman 5050 even one for every gown. The financial Stuart Weitzman Snow Boots repercussions associated with such Stuart Weitzman Winter Boots Sale impulsive marketing may leave a widening difference in her Stuart Weitzman 5050 monthly spending budget, but all Stuart Weitzman Boots Sale said as well as done, every Stuart Weitzman woman has the directly to flaunt her Stuart Weitzman Boots sexuality within the best possible way, and if what this means is buying the Stuart Weitzman 5050 latest styles within designer Stuart Weitzman 5050 women's shoes as well as women's Stuart Weitzman Shoes boots, then therefore be it. She Stuart Weitzman Shoes need not become denied the Stuart weitzman over the knee boots right to look attractive and beautiful. 5050 boots sale With more females getting financially Stuart weitzman boots uk independent these days, the way they Stuart weitzman boots spend their money is totally their prerogative.
    There are some can certainly shoes Stuart weitzman 5050 and women's shoes that need to be Stuart Weitzman 5050 a part of every wardrobe. While going on Stuart Weitzman 5050 Canada a shopping spree, a woman can Stuart Weitzman Canada check out whether or not she possesses Stuart weitzman over the knee boots some of the more essential styles in Stuart weitzman canada footwear that may make her Over The Knee Boots wardrobe total and go with Black Over The Knee Boots almost every gown that she owns.
    The heeled Over The Knee Black Boots black pump is among the essential Stuart Weitzman 5050 styles in can certainly shoes that need Stuart Weitzman Boots to be owned through every fashion Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over The Knee Boot conscious lady