Black Watch shows, tells about young men drawn to war
The play never represents Iraqi lives or perspectives, nor is there more than passing sympathy for them among the characters; this is instead a work focused squarely on the Scottish soldier's experience and, most significantly, the molding of that experience by a state reliant on a voluntary military. In a world of limited and dispiriting options, the military opportunistically and very successfully offers young men a seeming basis for pride in themselves and in an inflated (or degraded) masculine ideal. Black Watch is itself successful in those rare moments where sentimental spectacle gives way to images that register the profound, uneasy, and complex implications of this fact.
Through June 16
Tue-Sat, 8pm (also Wed and Sat, 2pm); Sun, 2pm, $100
Drill Court, Armory Community Center
333 14th St, SF