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Judgement at Nuremberg

My boys (friends Ron and Jeff), who usually share the screen, shared the stage for the first time this weekend in a production of Jedgement at Nuremberg. They're both fantastic actors. Jeff really tore it up as Colonel Tad Parker. He's a seasoned stage actor. Ron had a small role as the deputy clerk Captain Harrison Beyers, but played it well. This was my first time seeing him play on stage. I also had a pleasant surprise of seeing another familiar face - Kathy, who I met on set of a film I was in with Jeff.

Kathy's an interesting binding element in this 6-degrees of us. This is the first time Ron and Kathy have met, but Kathy and I met because of Ron! And Jeff was there when I met Kathy. Ron told me about extras needed for a film, and Jeff was also in this film. But Ron couldn't make it to the shoot, so it was just me for a while, listening to Jeff and Kathy work through a scene in the next room (Jeff and Kathy were also in another film together a year back). Then my dear friend Jill showed up! Woah! Turns out, Jill is Kathy's daughter! Smallest of small worlds! And now all three of them are on the stage together! It would have been more perfect if Jill had been there opening night, too.

The play itself I couldn't get into. The actors were sub-par (with the exception of Ron, Jeff, Kathy, and the judge). It's a play based in Germany, so half the actors needed German accents. But most couldn't pull off both acting and accent. Three of the four Nazis on trial, one witness, and Kathy had great accents and great acting. One witness had a great accent, decent acting, but when he really had to emote, he couldn't pull off both at once. The defence attorney couldn't do the accent AT ALL, but his acting was decent. He should have switched with Jeff, who played the American plaintiff attorney, because Jeff can do the accent. But the director was terrible.

The director had stage presence... but the problem is, he shouldn't have! If an actor did something great, but it went against his wishes, he'd vociferously be angry about it when he probably thought he was quietly brooding in the dark. He also took a phone call in the middle of the performance, which the actors could all hear. The audience couldn't really hear him mostly, but what kind of director distracts his actors like that? Disrespectful!!

Two acts, 22 short scenes. Not a wholly interesting play, except Jeff, and except the video footage of the showers. This shocked me. Really shocked me. All the footage from the camps they showed are things I've never seen. I've seen so many documentaries that involve scenes from the camps, but usually, even if they are different, they are all the same... these were truly something I'd never seen. I can't recommend searching for that for any curiosity except education.