Sandra Coudert
Melissa Rose Bernardo
November 21, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

One Night

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
11/20/13
performer
Grantham Coleman, Rutina Wesley
director
Clinton Turner Davis
author
Charles Fuller

We gave it a C

In the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A Soldier?s Play, Charles Fuller tackled racism and murder in a segregated WWII-era Army unit. In One Night…, now receiving its world premiere Off Broadway, Fuller tackles — oh, let?s see: Operation Iraqi Freedom, hallucinations, PTSD, homeless veterans, rape, sexism, arson, and broken families. How do you pack all that into a 90-minute play? Not very tidily, as it turns out.

Grantham Coleman and Rutina Wesley (best known as Sookie’s pal Tara on True Blood) are very credible and emotionally affecting as a pair of codependent vets who’ve just been burned out of their shelter ”home.” (Wesley is particularly fierce — I’d trust her on the front lines.) But with every flashback sequence, One Night… grows more twisted and tiresome. Eventually, some semblance of a storyline begins to appear. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait about 75 minutes for that to happen. C

(Tickets: Rattlestick.org or 866-811-4111)

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