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Life During Peacetime: A Review of truth and reconciliation at Sideshow Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
At sixty minutes and featuring twenty-two actors, Debbie Tucker Green's "truth and reconciliation" is what you might call a big small work. Its US premiere indicates that Green's drama, which more often alludes to truth rather than speak it out loud and does not offer much in the way of hope for reconciliation, is in more or less its final form and a curious one at that. Slow to begin and with little connective tissue, Green's play (under the direction of Jonathan L. Green) requires a good deal of investment that may or may not pay off. Hollywood adores war stories: good and bad drawn clearly with plenty of opportunity for noble sacrifice. Here the focus is on aftermath, in particular how human beings process trauma. Grief plays a significant part in the five interlocking scenes that span space and time from post-apartheid South Africa to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Troubles. These are the stories of those who survived and a few who did not. Their emotional weight is imparted