If you thought the theatricalized story of a jaunty and imperiled Scottish regiment in Iraq in 2004 would come off as a sort of "Trainspotting meets Black Hawk Down," you wouldn't be too far off the mark -- in a very positive way. I'll leave the nuts and bolts reviewing of full-force National Theatre of Scotland via American Conservatory Theater's spectacular "Black Watch," (through June 16) presented at the huge Mission Armory, to my colleague Robert Avila in next Wednesday's Guardian. But my first thoughts upon emerging from Sunday night's opening performance, after I cleaned the constant stream of expletives from my ears (and a bit of something from my eye) is that yae fookin' coonts moost sae this pish, i.e. the production and performances are well worth the gasp-inducing $100 ticket price.
John Tirman, executive director of the Center for International Studies at M.I.T., wrote the best account I've seen on what he calls "The Forgotten Wages of War" in an op ed piece on the end of the Iraq War (New York Times 1/3/2012.) The piece inspired Louis Dunn's graphic comment.
"We rarely question that war cause extensive damage, but our view of America's wars has been blind to one specific aspect of destruction: the human toll of those who live in war zones," wrote Tirman. .Read more »