Bolt From D’Blue Theater Review: Finding the Universal in the Personal Story
Writer/actor David Gilna built this personal essay-style show around an extraordinary experience. At age 18, while in Boston on a JI visa, he was struck by lightning and within a few days fell three times while being treated at Boston Medical Center. At first, it was uncertain whether he would be able to walk or function normally again.
recounting this heart-pounding event, he also describes growing up in Swords, Co Dublin, and how he was captivated by the stage while participating in a river dance fake. He meticulously and sensitively describes the minor successes and profound disappointments of his artistic career, including the fact that one of his plays was being directed by an (unnamed) art director. damage and tear. Before he was hit by the unlucky lightning bolt, he had just had a big chance with an offer to go to Hollywood. He makes it very clear and embodies the commitment artists often feel to their craft.
A simple scene by Marie Tierney places objects and photographs around the living room-style space. The characters in the story are shown in family pictures. Gilna has a sharp stage presence and is capable of making good cameos. He considers Malachy McCourt to be an influencer and that the show has a certain taste of McCourt’s narrative style: a keen eye for dramatic events and a personal search for common ground.
There were many shocking events, including a shooting at a pool party in the US, a 20-year-old friend being tragically stabbed to death by a drunk taxi driver, and the death of a loved family member from illness. cancer. Gilna supports all of these events for their significance and offers many helpful tips for his program; This is a thoroughly tested life.
Compelling and entertaining throughout, it’s disappointing that the material remains stuck in a very closed register of emotions. Despite her young age, Gilna already has some profound experience. But he had to dig a little deeper to turn this interesting material into transformative art.
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