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A Soldier’s War

 

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Inspired by wartime letters written by director/actor Josh Ramsden’s Grandfather, A Soldier’s War does a respectful job of recreating a powerful tale of brotherhood, war, and internal conflict. Following a squad of soldiers at the beginning of 1944 as they travel from Western Canada to Nova Scotia for basic training and ending with their return home after many battles in the Second World War, the production does a tremendous job of setting a quick, but detailed pace. The play is at first boring, and it’s meant to be this way, as it does a terrific job of symbolizing the boredom felt by many soldiers leading up to their first combat situations. It’s difficult to establish the identity of the characters, but we eventually learn from the squad’s letters that they've sent home. There’s the religious and sheltered Leslie (Devin Wesnoski), devoted Husband and soon-to-be father Frank (Josh Ramsden), the sometimes hateful Harry (Kyle Kurchirka), son of a war hero Walter (Torrien Cafferata) and confident Jack (Donny Ready)—who like Walter, is constantly vying for his father's approval. The production does an incredible job of creating a war setting, and the build up to D-Day is nothing short of spectacular. Intensely emotional, the play lives up to it hype, receiving a powerful and much deserved standing ovation. Do not miss this one. Reviewed by Josh Winfield.
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4.5/ 5


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  • 8:30 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 4:45 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 6:15 pm - 2017/08/21
  • 2:30 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 12:15 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 8:00 pm - 2017/08/27



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3 Reviews


  1.  
    John Wegden

    The most compelling show I have seen at this year’s fringe. I’m still thinking about last night’s performance. Just wow, my heart. Thank you to all who have served this country, thank you for doing the challenging tasks so that we don’t have to.




  2.  
    Paige B

    I was lucky for my cast and crew of Crazy Train to give me one of the last tickets to A Soldier’s War. A friend and I had enjoyed this brilliant and emotional performance put on but 5 talented actors from Saskatchewan and an amazing crew behind the scenes. You feel your wrapped in the scene with the actors by the sound, like you are actually there on the battle field. The story of each character came across crystal clear and was very entertaining to see each story unfold before your eyes. I have cried at parts and laughed at others. The change in emotion shows the reality that war gives and the impact of war is shown between the 5 characters. The ending had me speechless. I actually could feel me catch my breath when the last scene unfolded before blackout. I wish it was not the end of Fringe in Edmonton as I would like to see this performance again and again. I gave this play a 5 out of 5 star rating but I wish I could rate it an 8 out of 5 rating. I recommend EVERYONE to go see this play when it comes to their location.




  3.  
    May

    I wish there were more surprises in the plot and less repetition. It was very long for me to follow.





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