By: Helena Elliott ’23
Guns, and gun ownership. Everyone has an opinion on what needs to be done, or what doesn’t need to be done. And they are likely not to shift in their beliefs. But that’s not what gunplay does, Gunplay doesn’t take a distinct side. Gunplay skillfully walks the thin line of objectivity, which is a credit to the high quality of the play. This play is interesting in the fact that it does not have one continuous narrative but instead takes place in many different time periods and various settings. Allowing for the play to be fluid and show various perspectives and instances of gun ownership.
The various settings included the wild west, a modern-day neighborhood plagued with gun violence, and the beginning of the revolutionary war along with other relevant settings. The fluidity of the play was aided in part by quick and professional scene changes aided by the technical crew. The effects in both the scene changes and in the gun sound effects added to the wonderful quality of the show as well as amazingly creating new environments when the scene change called for it. Helping the audience to at least relate to one character and environment presented.
So the real question is, was Gunplay worth seeing? This reviewer would answer with yes. Written by Frank Higgins and directed by Benny Sato Ambush, the play takes a rarely seen stance on gun ownership. The objective stance in which many perspectives are shown and different voices are heard. Allowing the play to do what all good entertainment should broaden people’s perceptions of given ideas. Which in this day and age is truly refreshing.