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Crazy Train

 

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Crazy Train brings you into the living room of a military family, and gives you real-life situation that encompasses the ordeals of a combat veteran and his family after he returns home. Much of Crazy Train focuses on PTSD in combat veterans, and the social stigma that gets attached to people who have completed tours of duty. The performance’s subject is a family who is in the center of a child abuse case, with the father being labeled a suspect due to his military past. His three completed tours of duty in Afghanistan as well as a history with drinking and violence lead the child support agency to have theorized multiple scenarios, mostly formed around expecting him to have PTSD and it’s behaviour patterns, where he would have been the culprit. Perspectives from the mother, father, child support worker, and police officer create a dynamic that allows multiple view points and gives the audience insight into how mental health within the military affects a whole community. Crazy Train touches on a lot of perspectives and topics, and is a big performance to digest. Reviewed by Nicholas Hobson.
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4/ 5


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  • 1:45 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 8:00 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 12:00 pm - 2017/08/22
  • 5:45 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 4:45 pm - 2017/08/25
  • 10:30 pm - 2017/08/26



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4 Reviews


  1.  
    Sally Rehorick

    I had the good fortune to score a ticket today to see Crazy Train, a dramatic piece that hits all the high notes — and low notes — of life for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A term much bandied about these days, PTSD is a scourge for those who discover themselves in the middle of this syndrome. What Crazy Train does for its audience is to bring alive the stories of three down-to-earth victims of PTSD each touched by it in different and surprising ways. The four characters, with the superb script written by David Haas, bring us into their worlds in entirely believable ways. Go to see it and be prepared for a surprise and authentic ending.




  2.  
    Paige

    I got a chance to watch Crazy Train today and was blown away by the performance put on by the 4 characters. The acting in this intense drama about PTSD and Child Abuse is outstanding. You felt the emotion that each actor portrayed. I found myself wanting to cry at parts and laughing at small moments in other parts. This play is a very serious play that talks about a very important issue. The actors portaying the characters have successfully gotten that issue known in the dialogue and mannerisms of the performance. I would give this play a 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it as a must see at the Fringe.





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