WOUNDED

Critics

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100 %

Reviews: 6

Audience

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100 %

Reviews: 25

WOUNDED tells the story of a woman in the role of caregiver to her husband after he has been severely mentally and physically injured in the Iraq war. The show starts when she, for the first time, is considering having a real relationship with someone new while still taking care of her husband. It explores the question of what loyalty you owe your spouse when they stop being the person you married.

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Reviews

"Wounded is an incredibly raw and honest show that immerses the audience in caring for those that come back from war with deep scars, both physical and mental. Wounded does not tiptoe around this subject or the struggles and tough choices loved ones of wounded warriors must make. For me, I have always had appreciation for the sacrifices that wounded warriors make, but having not cared for one myself, the intimate venue paired with Wounded's unrelenting exploration of the sacrifices everyone must make for those we care about made for a refreshingly honest and rewarding show."

sweet - John McDaniel


"This is a play about varying degrees of mental illnesses. Each character has an upper hand on the other and it really dives into people's obsessive natures, and codependent tendencies. It starts out lightly enough to have you believe something else is going on, but once the play gets started and you are shown the whole picture it becomes one seriously uncomfortable roller coaster ride. These issues are not spoken about enough, they are not showcased enough, this is one play that you cannot miss."

sweet - Dylan Wallace


"An incredibly well crafted and written production worthy of the broadway/off-broadway circuit. This is a truly remarkable script and story that brings you into the snapshot of the difficult lives of those affected by war. And in doing so paints a brilliant and at times uncomfortable picture of reality. Wonderfully acted, expertly written and produced with an impactful sense of direction this is easily one of the best plays of the Hollywood Fringe!"

sweet - Matthew Robinson


"A boldly written, beautifully acted play. Writer Kerry Kaz tackles big topics without flinching, yet does so with an honest and human touch so the piece never feels didactic or heavy handed. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Dan Perry


Jim Vejvoda
"One of the best and most powerful shows at this ywar's Fringe. Great performances and great writing. Go see this! What an absolutely physically exhausting show this must have been for the actors as well as emotionally draining. I liked that it didn't sugarcoat the shitty realities involved in caregiving — or that those who do provide it are somehow without their own deep needs and faults. Great performances and a powerful script."

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


"With a fantastic cast and a top notch script, "Wounded" has the courage to ask hard questions and the honesty to never settle on easy answers. Be prepared for this one to stay with you long after you leave the theatre."

sweet - Walter Kartman


"It's rare to see a show that challenges the audience in the way Wounded does. If there's one show you can count on this festival to not only impress on a talent level of all involved but also evoke viscerally emotional engagement from you, the audience, Wounded is it. Bravo!"

sweet - Robert Walters


"Profoundly powerful play anchored by a strong script. WOUNDED moves at a brisk pace, and when it really gets going, you just can't look away. Kerry Kaz really knows how to create emotional dramatic plays set in situations that may be unfamiliar to your own life but whose characters relay emotions that are relatable to anyone. Kyle Felts's performance also stuck out to me as so completely genuine that it's easy to get drawn into the performance. WOUNDED is not a breezy viewing experience, but it's one you'll never forget. Scoop up any tickets you can before its run ends!"

sweet - Chris Hewitt


"Amazing and utterly heartbreaking. "Wounded" sheds light in the areas one does not immediately think about when we hear of veterans and war heroes. Be it emotional or physical wounds, no one comes back entirely whole---and those who care for them when they return must fight their own battles in the process of holding on to their own identities. Beautifully complex. I wish this was going on for several more weeks, I want everyone to see this show!"

sweet - Kirsten Benjamin


"I found the show engaging and mesmerizing. The performances and the story very powerful. I was feeling many of the emotions as were portrayed on stage. Congrats to everyone!"

sweet - Todd Ball


"A moving look at the effect war has on a young married couple. Actors can really flex their muscles in these roles, and they do."

sweet - Ann Ryerson Hall


"As I watched this show unfold, I fought back tears twice and at one point became uncomfortable enough I wanted to leave the theater. Other audience members near me at the sold-out show were openly crying as the final few minutes played out. If the purpose of live theater is to connect us with others and illuminate their experiences so we can learn about ourselves as we witness them, then this piece has achieved its mission. It is an honor to have witnessed a piece of theater that can have that effect on an audience. I highly recommend this show."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"you should go in with the knowledge that you will be watching an across-the-board stellar cast expertly directed with a script that will leave you shaken. It may be completely sold out at this point, but try to get in. You'll remember the experience for a long time. - Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"See a sad play like, say, The Diary of Ann Frank, and I leave sadder, angrier. I practically want to kill myself. But the Hollywood Fringe Festival playwright, who uses his much longer full name in the program, but I know as Kerry Kaz, writes so concisely about the suffering people in his 80-minute one-act WOUNDED and his cast is so hyper-realistic down to their very fingertips (watch them!) that the effect is not more sadness, but a feeling of more empathy for the human condition. There is no happy Hollywood ending to these particularly physically brutal scenes between a young female and the two war-ravaged male vets she stalwartly cares for and CARES for (in both senses of the word). But magically the struggle is empowering -- and -- guess what! -- you definitely will not leave wanting to kill yourself."

sweet - Beach Vickers


"Wounded builds intensity through the whole story, while unwinding the characters and audience, pulling them deeper into these tense painful pulsing, though invisible, wounds... Wounded (written by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm Directed by Liz Lanier) is a must see this Fringe. Go, now!"

sweet - Ashley Cotter - ...read full review


"With energetic, layered writing that's full of surprises and honest, grounded performances, "Wounded" explores a challenging subject matter in the best way possible, as a matter of fact. Go. See. This."

sweet - Jonathan Tipton Meyers


"An intimate, engaging and immersive experience that leaves audiences questioning how do you love and honor someone when their wounds are so deep that they are altered forever?"

sweet - Lainnie Felan


"WOUNDED takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions and keeps you completely captivated throughout it's 80 minute run. Bravo to the words of Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm as the story and characters are well developed and brought to life so profoundly. Scott Kuza's dedication and authenticity to the role of a mentally and physically injured war veteran was astonishing. The chemistry between Jessie Holder Tourtellotte, Kyle Felts, and Scott Kuza was palpable. This is a play not to be missed!"

sweet - Angeline Anderson


"A woman who is a full-time carer for her brain-damaged veteran husband, starts a relationship with another ex-soldier, only to discover he suffers from PTSD. You're right, this is not a comedy, nor an easy watch, but it is a very thought-provoking and timely play with excellent performances. Jessie Holder Tourtellotte plays Angelica, who has put her life on hold to care for her wounded husband Tommy (Scott Kuza) who has the vocabulary and motor skills of a one-year old. Into this very private world comes Samuel (Kyle Felts), a divorced father who apparently wants to help with caring for Tommy, so Angelica can resume her architecture studies. Tommy's vocal jealousy of the new man triggers Samuel's condition, but also makes Angelica believe that her husband might be making some sort of progress. Samuel also seems to be wrestling with some survivors' guilt, so maybe his reasons for wanting to help with Tommy are now suspect. Complicated emotions are mined unflinchingly as we wonder how exactly this unsustainable triangle is going to fall apart. Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm has written something much more interesting than a play about the human cost of war. It's more about how we deal with damaged people, or how damaged people deal with each other. Tourtellotte is entirely believable as a woman who the world forgot about, while she tried to keep her marriage vows. She nurtures and forgives and accepts. Scott Kuza is very strong as Tommy, his moans and mono-syllables and physical jerks gathering fluency as his world is threatened. Kyle Felts as Samuel brings a facade of capable masculinity, his cane giving him away. All three characters used to be more than they are now. How can any of them move forward? The piece is meticulously directed by Liz Lanier with unrelenting naturalism. The black box setting adds another layer of bleakness, and we don't really have a sense of place, or time of day which only adds to the claustrophobia. If you're laughed out, and want to be reminded what else theater can do, I highly recommend this show."

sweet - GuyP


"...this is not a comedy, nor an easy watch, but it is a very thought-provoking and timely play with excellent performances...The piece is meticulously directed by Liz Lanier with unrelenting naturalism...If you're laughed out, and want to be reminded what else theater can do, I highly recommend this show. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Guy Picot - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


"Wounded accomplishes to be both incredibly delicate and fearless in its attack of a subject that could easily be derailed into self-indulgent bitterness or preaching. The writing reveals strength in vulnerability, the cast gives itself fully to both the story and to each other, and the intimate setting of the Lounge Theater forces the entire show into an immediacy that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats until the very last moment."

sweet - Flynn Platt


"This carefully written piece is immediately heartbreaking and vulnerable, tackling issues many playwrites would never dare to approach. Desperation disguised as love pushes the plot forward to the very edge of the cliff- questioning loyalty, abandonment, commitment, duty and finally, real love. This play deserves a run in a full production some day!"

sweet - Amy Moon


"Powerfully compelling characters...I found myself immersed in the lives of these three people, swept up in their story, and caring deeply."

sweet - Leslie Hardy


"A powerful piece and meditation on the subject of spiritual/physical fracturing. It explores three characters who are all, in their specifically unique and layered ways, dealing with traumas they have come to receive. The actors carry the burdens of these traumas with subtly and nuance, and the deft writing found within "Wounded" has a masterful sense of melancholic realism and considered dimension."

sweet - Ryan Noufer


"This play moved me to tears more than once. It deals with heavy subject matter skillfully written with humor woven in. All 3 actors gave standout performances. Truly superb & highly recommended."

sweet - Corey Chappell


"WOUNDED covers Veterans issues, brotherhood, relationship issues, love, struggle, compassion and disfunction. All done with wit and depth of soul that draws you into the story and makes the characters trouble relevant in you're own life. I was struck by how moving the story was to me. I remember coming out of this show so utterly absorbed by the content, the acting and the plot of this play that I was completely caught off guard when I saw an old friend Last but definitely not least, I absolutely love this playwright's way with dialogue. I would recommend this piece highly"

sweet - Peter Listro


Mark Hein
""Wounded" is not an anti-war play. It is a quiet, respectful examination of three intersecting lives. Not just these three, but everyone in their world has suffered the costs of war. The performances are uniformly strong and real, filled with subtext and the subtle gestures that intimate theatre allows."

sweet - Mark Hein - ...read full review


"Incredibly moving writing, and performed in an intimate space, as a show like this should be. 80 minutes comes and goes very quickly, as you get wrapped up in the lives and emotions of the 3 hurting people on stage. Any preconceived notions you have about any of the characters prior to the show from reading the synopsis, will rapidly dissipate. Thanks, Kerry and team!"

sweet - Megan Blakeley


David MacDowell Blue
"Harrowing and strangely beautiful as three deeply hurt human beings struggle with and for each other and themselves...Not a "feel good" piece, but a "feel very profoundly" work."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


fonprods
"WOUNDED is an incredibly real, moving and powerful piece that must be seen. If you've ever cared for anyone, you will understand it completely and find it relatable. Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm's script balances the complexity, care and challenges of these people's lives beautifully and with levity in the right places. Jessie Holder Turtellotte, Kyle Felts and Scott Kuza move us and hold our attention with from beginning to end with love, intensity and humanity. Bravo to Liz Lanier for directing this piece with a watchful eye and tender hands. Do not miss WOUNDED."

sweet - fonprods


"A very powerful well written and acted show about PSTD. I would highly recommend it. Well worth seeing."

sweet - Gary Rubenstein


"As I watched this show unfold, I fought back tears twice and at one point became uncomfortable enough I wanted to leave the theater. Other audience members near me at the sold-out show were openly crying as the final few minutes played out. If the purpose of live theater is to connect us with others and illuminate their experiences so we can learn about ourselves as we witness them, then this piece has achieved its mission. It is an honor to have witnessed a piece of theater that can have that effect on an audience. I highly recommend this show."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"you should go in with the knowledge that you will be watching an across-the-board stellar cast expertly directed with a script that will leave you shaken. It may be completely sold out at this point, but try to get in. You'll remember the experience for a long time. - Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


"Wounded builds intensity through the whole story, while unwinding the characters and audience, pulling them deeper into these tense painful pulsing, though invisible, wounds... Wounded (written by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm Directed by Liz Lanier) is a must see this Fringe. Go, now!"

sweet - Ashley Cotter - ...read full review


"...this is not a comedy, nor an easy watch, but it is a very thought-provoking and timely play with excellent performances...The piece is meticulously directed by Liz Lanier with unrelenting naturalism...If you're laughed out, and want to be reminded what else theater can do, I highly recommend this show. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Guy Picot - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


Mark Hein
""Wounded" is not an anti-war play. It is a quiet, respectful examination of three intersecting lives. Not just these three, but everyone in their world has suffered the costs of war. The performances are uniformly strong and real, filled with subtext and the subtle gestures that intimate theatre allows."

sweet - Mark Hein - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Harrowing and strangely beautiful as three deeply hurt human beings struggle with and for each other and themselves...Not a "feel good" piece, but a "feel very profoundly" work."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"Wounded is an incredibly raw and honest show that immerses the audience in caring for those that come back from war with deep scars, both physical and mental. Wounded does not tiptoe around this subject or the struggles and tough choices loved ones of wounded warriors must make. For me, I have always had appreciation for the sacrifices that wounded warriors make, but having not cared for one myself, the intimate venue paired with Wounded's unrelenting exploration of the sacrifices everyone must make for those we care about made for a refreshingly honest and rewarding show."

sweet - John McDaniel


"This is a play about varying degrees of mental illnesses. Each character has an upper hand on the other and it really dives into people's obsessive natures, and codependent tendencies. It starts out lightly enough to have you believe something else is going on, but once the play gets started and you are shown the whole picture it becomes one seriously uncomfortable roller coaster ride. These issues are not spoken about enough, they are not showcased enough, this is one play that you cannot miss."

sweet - Dylan Wallace


"An incredibly well crafted and written production worthy of the broadway/off-broadway circuit. This is a truly remarkable script and story that brings you into the snapshot of the difficult lives of those affected by war. And in doing so paints a brilliant and at times uncomfortable picture of reality. Wonderfully acted, expertly written and produced with an impactful sense of direction this is easily one of the best plays of the Hollywood Fringe!"

sweet - Matthew Robinson


"A boldly written, beautifully acted play. Writer Kerry Kaz tackles big topics without flinching, yet does so with an honest and human touch so the piece never feels didactic or heavy handed. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Dan Perry


Jim Vejvoda
"One of the best and most powerful shows at this ywar's Fringe. Great performances and great writing. Go see this! What an absolutely physically exhausting show this must have been for the actors as well as emotionally draining. I liked that it didn't sugarcoat the shitty realities involved in caregiving — or that those who do provide it are somehow without their own deep needs and faults. Great performances and a powerful script."

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


"With a fantastic cast and a top notch script, "Wounded" has the courage to ask hard questions and the honesty to never settle on easy answers. Be prepared for this one to stay with you long after you leave the theatre."

sweet - Walter Kartman


"It's rare to see a show that challenges the audience in the way Wounded does. If there's one show you can count on this festival to not only impress on a talent level of all involved but also evoke viscerally emotional engagement from you, the audience, Wounded is it. Bravo!"

sweet - Robert Walters


"Profoundly powerful play anchored by a strong script. WOUNDED moves at a brisk pace, and when it really gets going, you just can't look away. Kerry Kaz really knows how to create emotional dramatic plays set in situations that may be unfamiliar to your own life but whose characters relay emotions that are relatable to anyone. Kyle Felts's performance also stuck out to me as so completely genuine that it's easy to get drawn into the performance. WOUNDED is not a breezy viewing experience, but it's one you'll never forget. Scoop up any tickets you can before its run ends!"

sweet - Chris Hewitt


"Amazing and utterly heartbreaking. "Wounded" sheds light in the areas one does not immediately think about when we hear of veterans and war heroes. Be it emotional or physical wounds, no one comes back entirely whole---and those who care for them when they return must fight their own battles in the process of holding on to their own identities. Beautifully complex. I wish this was going on for several more weeks, I want everyone to see this show!"

sweet - Kirsten Benjamin


"I found the show engaging and mesmerizing. The performances and the story very powerful. I was feeling many of the emotions as were portrayed on stage. Congrats to everyone!"

sweet - Todd Ball


"A moving look at the effect war has on a young married couple. Actors can really flex their muscles in these roles, and they do."

sweet - Ann Ryerson Hall


"See a sad play like, say, The Diary of Ann Frank, and I leave sadder, angrier. I practically want to kill myself. But the Hollywood Fringe Festival playwright, who uses his much longer full name in the program, but I know as Kerry Kaz, writes so concisely about the suffering people in his 80-minute one-act WOUNDED and his cast is so hyper-realistic down to their very fingertips (watch them!) that the effect is not more sadness, but a feeling of more empathy for the human condition. There is no happy Hollywood ending to these particularly physically brutal scenes between a young female and the two war-ravaged male vets she stalwartly cares for and CARES for (in both senses of the word). But magically the struggle is empowering -- and -- guess what! -- you definitely will not leave wanting to kill yourself."

sweet - Beach Vickers


"With energetic, layered writing that's full of surprises and honest, grounded performances, "Wounded" explores a challenging subject matter in the best way possible, as a matter of fact. Go. See. This."

sweet - Jonathan Tipton Meyers


"An intimate, engaging and immersive experience that leaves audiences questioning how do you love and honor someone when their wounds are so deep that they are altered forever?"

sweet - Lainnie Felan


"WOUNDED takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions and keeps you completely captivated throughout it's 80 minute run. Bravo to the words of Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm as the story and characters are well developed and brought to life so profoundly. Scott Kuza's dedication and authenticity to the role of a mentally and physically injured war veteran was astonishing. The chemistry between Jessie Holder Tourtellotte, Kyle Felts, and Scott Kuza was palpable. This is a play not to be missed!"

sweet - Angeline Anderson


"A woman who is a full-time carer for her brain-damaged veteran husband, starts a relationship with another ex-soldier, only to discover he suffers from PTSD. You're right, this is not a comedy, nor an easy watch, but it is a very thought-provoking and timely play with excellent performances. Jessie Holder Tourtellotte plays Angelica, who has put her life on hold to care for her wounded husband Tommy (Scott Kuza) who has the vocabulary and motor skills of a one-year old. Into this very private world comes Samuel (Kyle Felts), a divorced father who apparently wants to help with caring for Tommy, so Angelica can resume her architecture studies. Tommy's vocal jealousy of the new man triggers Samuel's condition, but also makes Angelica believe that her husband might be making some sort of progress. Samuel also seems to be wrestling with some survivors' guilt, so maybe his reasons for wanting to help with Tommy are now suspect. Complicated emotions are mined unflinchingly as we wonder how exactly this unsustainable triangle is going to fall apart. Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm has written something much more interesting than a play about the human cost of war. It's more about how we deal with damaged people, or how damaged people deal with each other. Tourtellotte is entirely believable as a woman who the world forgot about, while she tried to keep her marriage vows. She nurtures and forgives and accepts. Scott Kuza is very strong as Tommy, his moans and mono-syllables and physical jerks gathering fluency as his world is threatened. Kyle Felts as Samuel brings a facade of capable masculinity, his cane giving him away. All three characters used to be more than they are now. How can any of them move forward? The piece is meticulously directed by Liz Lanier with unrelenting naturalism. The black box setting adds another layer of bleakness, and we don't really have a sense of place, or time of day which only adds to the claustrophobia. If you're laughed out, and want to be reminded what else theater can do, I highly recommend this show."

sweet - GuyP


"Wounded accomplishes to be both incredibly delicate and fearless in its attack of a subject that could easily be derailed into self-indulgent bitterness or preaching. The writing reveals strength in vulnerability, the cast gives itself fully to both the story and to each other, and the intimate setting of the Lounge Theater forces the entire show into an immediacy that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats until the very last moment."

sweet - Flynn Platt


"This carefully written piece is immediately heartbreaking and vulnerable, tackling issues many playwrites would never dare to approach. Desperation disguised as love pushes the plot forward to the very edge of the cliff- questioning loyalty, abandonment, commitment, duty and finally, real love. This play deserves a run in a full production some day!"

sweet - Amy Moon


"Powerfully compelling characters...I found myself immersed in the lives of these three people, swept up in their story, and caring deeply."

sweet - Leslie Hardy


"A powerful piece and meditation on the subject of spiritual/physical fracturing. It explores three characters who are all, in their specifically unique and layered ways, dealing with traumas they have come to receive. The actors carry the burdens of these traumas with subtly and nuance, and the deft writing found within "Wounded" has a masterful sense of melancholic realism and considered dimension."

sweet - Ryan Noufer


"This play moved me to tears more than once. It deals with heavy subject matter skillfully written with humor woven in. All 3 actors gave standout performances. Truly superb & highly recommended."

sweet - Corey Chappell


"WOUNDED covers Veterans issues, brotherhood, relationship issues, love, struggle, compassion and disfunction. All done with wit and depth of soul that draws you into the story and makes the characters trouble relevant in you're own life. I was struck by how moving the story was to me. I remember coming out of this show so utterly absorbed by the content, the acting and the plot of this play that I was completely caught off guard when I saw an old friend Last but definitely not least, I absolutely love this playwright's way with dialogue. I would recommend this piece highly"

sweet - Peter Listro


"Incredibly moving writing, and performed in an intimate space, as a show like this should be. 80 minutes comes and goes very quickly, as you get wrapped up in the lives and emotions of the 3 hurting people on stage. Any preconceived notions you have about any of the characters prior to the show from reading the synopsis, will rapidly dissipate. Thanks, Kerry and team!"

sweet - Megan Blakeley


fonprods
"WOUNDED is an incredibly real, moving and powerful piece that must be seen. If you've ever cared for anyone, you will understand it completely and find it relatable. Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm's script balances the complexity, care and challenges of these people's lives beautifully and with levity in the right places. Jessie Holder Turtellotte, Kyle Felts and Scott Kuza move us and hold our attention with from beginning to end with love, intensity and humanity. Bravo to Liz Lanier for directing this piece with a watchful eye and tender hands. Do not miss WOUNDED."

sweet - fonprods


"A very powerful well written and acted show about PSTD. I would highly recommend it. Well worth seeing."

sweet - Gary Rubenstein