According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The Andersonville Trial

If you want a show that tests your emotions, your conscious and your heart, then The Andersonville Trial is the one you are looking for. The gifted cast of thirteen does an amazing job transforming the small black box theatre into a convincing courtroom with the audience as its jury.

The Andersonville Trial revolves around a former prison-superintendent, Henry Wirz (played by the exceptionally talented Moti Margolin) who was in charge of a prison during the Civil War, and is on trial right after the death of Abraham Lincoln. While he is charged with conspiracy and the death of over 14,000 men, there is a larger, moral issue at hand. Colonel Chipman (played by Kristofer Holz), the prosecutor, aims to make the trial about this moral issue. He fights with his own conscious during the course of the trial and whether he would have done any better than Mr. Wirz. The basic question: do you dare disobey your commanding officer even though you know you are killing hundreds of men a day?

Little can be said to sufficiently sum up the creativity in this show. The costumes and set make you feel as if you have stepped back in time and are struggling today with the issues they doubtlessly struggled with then. The show is a fantastic addition to New York theatre and is a definite must-see.

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