The Body of an American

The Body of an American

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Difficult plays are Curious Theatre Company’s bread and butter, and The Body of an American continues in that mold with riveting precision. Dan O’Brien’s story — part fractured autobiography, part ethics review and part homage to the unadorned art of photojournalism — is based on the split-second shot that earned a Pulitzer Prize for war photog Paul Watson, whose most famous image, of an American soldier dragged from the wreckage of a Black Hawk helicopter through the streets of Mogadishu, still haunts him. The two-man cast, ostensibly appearing as O’Brien and Watson, who struck up a friendship in real life, shape-shifts from one role to another (Curious calls actors Sean Scrutchins and Michael McNeill an “ensemble cast”), sometimes trading identities mid-sentence. Difficult enough for you? The Body of an American opens for previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 2, at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma Street, and runs through December 9. Find information and tickets, $18 to $50, at curioustheatre.org.
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