This Week in Theater
Low Hanging Fruit
Review by Rose Desena
As America’s longest wars are ending, some of the soldiers from those wars are still caught in the psychological ambush of living with war experiences. “Low Hanging Fruit” takes a fresh look at the problems of “Coming Home” through the eyes of forgotten female veterans.
Playwright Robin Bradford looks at a band of women veterans living on the streets. Rejected by the society they protected, they now creatively carve out their own safe space surviving on foodbank handouts, panhandling, and the generosity of a well-endowed friend with a knack for pleasing men.
Alice played by Cheri Lynne VandenHeuvel sits perched on her shabby throne as she keeps her crew of damaged veterans together. All is well until a manipulative stranger is introduced. Weaken and venerable this shell-shocked group falls prey to lies and deceit and suddenly, like the war they thought they had left behind, life is filled with conflict.
Playwright Robin Bradford brings the audience a hard but honest look at the casualties of war, and the issues of women veterans returning to an overburdened Veterans Affairs system geared for male veterans and lacking support groups for female veterans.
Women need specialized services and care. Are we ready? What is the true price of war and can we afford it?
“Low Hanging Fruit” is a story that needs to be told and should be seen. Excellent acting and good directing make it enjoyable. However, even though the writing is poetic and powerful, with a strong message, it can use some work. The climax is very predictable and simplistic, it needs some editing, but “Low Hanging Fruit” definitely has potential.
Check this out if you can fit it in, the show closes Oct 26th.
LOW HANGING FRUIT World Premiere
Written by Robin Bradford
Directed by Lee Sankowich
When: September 20 – October 26, 2014
Runs: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm
Buy Tickets/Info: Please visit www.plays411.com/low or 323-960-7788
Where: The Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood 90046