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A Report of Gunfire
All performances at Warehouse Theater – Next Door (1021 7th Street NW)

Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 12 @ 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 PM
Thursday, July 17 @ 8:30 PM
Thursday, July 24 @ 9:30 PM
Saturday, July 26 @ 5:30 PM

They say: “A journalist covering the war in Iraq is haunted by the sights and sounds of daily life in a war zone. As the conflict increases, the stories get harder to tell and the truth gets harder still to report.”

Mike’s take: With a sparse stage and bare black walls, this one-man show relies on a simple camera prop and a great performance by Dan Crane to pull the audience into a world where a disillusioned journalist tries to remain sane by any way possible, such as reviewing camera footage after an explosion and making macabre bets on how many steps a person will take before falling down dead. The camera sees all and he hopes to expose the ugly truth of living in a war zone.

However, despite his initial hope of reporting on “things that matter” and relaying the truth to the public, the young reporter struggles with the fact that his broadcasts are being morphed into government propaganda. The video camera again comes into play in the form of a video journal, where he can reveal his real feelings about the war and not be cut off (as he is later on when he begins arguing with the anchor during a newscast).

Crane does an excellent job in exuding the passion of what being a journalist SHOULD be all about.

See it if: You’ve stopped reading the newspaper or listening to broadcast news.

Skip it if: You see the world through rose-colored glasses. The phrase “No one gives their life over here; it’s taken from them” may be an unwelcome cold dose of reality.