‘Blasted’ Takes Us Into a Bedroom and a War Zone With Terrifying Results

Director Jon Tracy and actors Robert Parsons and Joe Estlack rehearse a scene from ‘Blasted‘ by Sarah Kane at Shotgun Players

Director Jon Tracy and actors Robert Parsons and Joe Estlack rehearse a scene from ‘Blasted‘ by Sarah Kane at Shotgun Players (Photo: Courtesy of Shotgun Players)

Sept. 21–Oct. 22: Blasted, by the late Sarah Kane, is apparently not for the squeamish — it comes with a content advisory, warning of “graphic language, sexual violence, and disturbing imagery.” And maybe that’s appropriate for the way it mixes what appears at first to be a two-hander about an abusive relationship with a war story that gets progressively uglier as the show goes on. The Shotgun Players, under Artistic Director Patrick Dooley, often take big chances on difficult plays with heart-stopping results. Later this fall, they’re also reviving The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, the brilliant and weird collaboration by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs. Details for Blasted are here.

‘Blasted’ Takes Us Into a Bedroom and a War Zone With Terrifying Results 6 September,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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