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click to enlarge Jason Narvy as the court-martialed Charles McVay

Jason Narvy as the court-martialed Charles McVay

Aaron Bean Cinema

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 23 2017
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
www.saltboxtheatre.org
Saltbox Theatre Collective’s production team create a minimalist visual feast for this 85-minute fantasia on the 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the subsequent mental torment for court-martialed captain Charles McVay. With only a shallow pool of water, one piece of rope, a few lights, and simple projections, they paint alluring images of terror, tedium, heroism, hubris, and above all, paranoia. Director Brian Fruits enhances their design with graceful formal blocking, his eight cast members morphing effortlessly from one hallucinogenic moment to the next. The script, by Jayme McGhan and Andy Pederson, lingers too long on Hollywood war tropes, ultimately shedding little light on the traumatic event or McVay’s ultimate demise. Still, the intoxicating imagery gives even the most cliched moments an epic sweep. —Justin Hayford

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