When you enter the theater there are three clear playing spaces on stage. To the extreme left are a door and wall unit with a table and two chairs next to it. Center back there are two wall panels with two green benches in front of them. A stool sits between both benches. At the extreme right is another doorway which leads to the outdoors. A green bench sits against a wall panel that is attached to the doorway. The majority of the stage is clear for the actors to play. Period music is being pumped into the theater to set the mood of the deep south around WWII.
This production is tight and fast-paced. If you blink you will miss something good and important. There are big ideas play out here. Souls are being examined and sacrificed or saved here and it is humbling. Charles Fuller is a master storyteller and this piece proves it. He deals with sensitive issues of racism, hates both outer and inner and consequences of your actions; roosters coming home to roost, so to speak. The cast, in general, is great and some stand out more than others._BUCK HINKLE plays Captain Taylor well. He gives as good as he gets. He is strong with sharp edges. CHAZ REUBEN plays Captain Davenport as a force to be reckoned with. He is short in stature but his attitude is ten feet tall. He is a dog after a bone and he can not be stopped. JIMMY GARY, JR as C.J. is effective to shine a light on simple colored folks that get the wrong end of the stick most times. Though he is likable, you feel sorry for him as well. GIL TUCKER as Waters is a tortured soul. He is also of small stature but looms large. He personifies internal hatred. He shows us all the troubles he tries to hide from the world. ADRAIN WASHINGTON as Peterson is the typical “Angry Black Male”. He is full of fire and he just doesn’t know whom or where to burn down. He is played unapologetically. You might not like him but you see where he is coming from. A SOLDIER’S PLAY IS A MASTERPIECE THAT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME. You must rush down to 80 St. Marks Place and experience Charles Fuller’s gem of a piece of theatre.