Post Play Review - A Play of Emotional Truth


In 2005, there were over 6,256 suicides among those who served in the armed forces and one in five returning war veterans, in an effort to reintegrate into society, reported symptoms of major depression or post traumatic stress.

Running at the Flight Theatre, 6476 Santa Monica is POST, a brutally authentic raw drama of two discharged servicemen.  Home from Iraq, Michael ( Donavon Thomas) accompanied by his father, Mr. Abner ( David Pantsari) goes to the city to stay with his buddy Chuck ( Nathanyael Grey) only to realize that his friend has been more affected by the emotional trauma of the war than he was.  His inside wounds don’t show until he is confronted with his weakness.  

In love with Autumn ( Jamie Renee Smith) the girl next door, he’s been unable to move forward out of fear but when Michael meets Autumn their instant attraction flares into an all our relationship.  Angry at himself, and jealous of Michael, Chuck retaliates with vicious hurtful words and buries himself in drink.  Neither of the men are emotionally prepared for this battle and resort to using the violence they’ve been trained with to settle their differences.  

The progression of time and the relationship only digs deeper into Chuck psyche and soon his whole facade crumbles as he goes deeper into alcohol, giving up his job as an EMT and resenting everyone around him.  

Post: Michael (Donavon Thomas), Mr. Abner (David Pantsari), Chuck (Nathanyael Grey)

Written and produced by the actor Donavon Thomas, directed by Timothy Gagliardo and designed by Andrew Adams, everything is realistically told and the actors are superb. An honest portrayal of what happens to some soldiers as they try to fit back into a society that no longer respects them, the props and action are accurate and well thought out.  

Lighting was done by John Toom, sound by Gil Stark, and makeup/wardrobe by Lilit Alexandrian.  The stagehands also did a great job of moving things around in the dark and knowing exactly where everything was hidden.

There is strong language, light smoking and sexual situations as well as violence in the play and it is strongly recommended that only adults see this.  

The theatre is up steep steps and there is no handicap access so it might be difficult for some people to maneuver.   For reservations call 323 960 7740. Prices are $15 for tickets but veterans get a discount.  Many might feel uncomfortable being confronted with how some of them or their buddies reacted to the war and return.  

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The play runs Thurs, Friday and Saturdays  8 pm and Sundays 7 pm until December 13


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