Johnny Got His Gun
It’s appropriate that the story of young loss is being brought to the stage by a young theater troupe, Lookout! Players. The book has been condensed into a one-hour, one-man performance. An hour is just enough time for the audience to experience the horror without sensory overload. Is a play about a horribly maimed soldier depressing? Yes. Is it memorable, thought-provoking and strangely life-affirming? Yes. Is it worth a visit? Absolutely.
Not only does the story resonate, but so does the remarkable performance by Ricardo Pérez Gonzalez. Gonzalez pumps incredible emotion into his portrayal of a young man who wants both to live and to die; to rail and to plead; and, most of all, to be recognized as a man, a son, a friend, a lover, a scared survivor and a brave soldier.