Review: "A Five Mile Radius" Details a Social-Media Blast Zone
A Five Mile Radius
Written by Tasha Partee
Directed by Jim Furlong and Devin Klos
Presented by Hudson Guild Theatre Company via YouTube
October 23-25, 2020 [UPDATE 10/27/20: additional performances have been added from Friday October 30th at 7:30PM through Sunday November 1st, ending at 5PM]
|Top left: Stacey Wright (Edie), below left: Michelle Quintero (Caitlin), below right: Tasha Partee (Roberta). Photo credit: Devin Klos|
|Above left: Stacey Wright (Edie), below left: Anthony Roberts II (Dustin), below right: Alex Lugo (Patrick). Photo credit: Devin Klos|
The social media storm in which Edie becomes embroiled (and which spreads to the local news) highlights what have become to many the familiar contours both of such controversies and of the lines of inequalities and ideologies along which American society fractures. One woman, named Yvonne (Kim Gardner), for example, tweets a criticism of Edie for never having spoken out about the many children of color who have been affected by gun violence--Brandon is white--and this is a valid point to raise, but Yvonne also makes it while unaware of why Edie, normally apolitical in her online speech, made this exception. Reactions to the incident and Edie's post also drag parts of her private life into the spotlight, and, with the aid of extended flashbacks, we learn about Edie's marriage, her veteran husband, Dustin (Anthony Roberts II), and Dustin's own relationship to guns.
Top Row: Kim Gardner (Yvonne), Ashley Woolcock (Maria)
Bottom Row: Manuel Estevez (Jerry), Danielle Patsakos (Lucy), Stacey Wright. Photo credit: Devin Klos
A Five Mile Radius takes on a world in which the personal is not only political but also publicly posted, delving in detail into all sides of this equation for a reminder that everyone's unique story is also a part of someone else's story.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards