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Theatre Reviews

This play tells the sto­ry of Dr. Ger­ald Bull, a Cana­di­an bal­lis­tics expert-for-hire who was assas­si­nat­ed while work­ing for Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Iraq. The pro­duc­tion uses film clips effec­tive­ly, and man­ages to include a lot of details about this com­plex and fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter. The many scene changes hap­pen smooth­ly, and the actors deliv­er their lines clear­ly and confidently.

What I felt was miss­ing in this pro­duc­tion is Dr. Bull the man. For all the his­toric details, his human­i­ty nev­er real­ly came through. Per­haps the lim­it­ed stage space did not give the actors enough space to express phys­i­cal­i­ty, or per­haps the time lim­it pre­vent­ed this aspect from com­ing through. The most effec­tive scene was the one between Bull and his lawyer, where the lawyer per­suades Bull to plead guilty.

I liked the use of film clips, both for the con­text they gave and for nos­tal­gia (I am old enough to remem­ber CBC anchor Knowl­ton Nash, also called Knowl­ton Glass­es), and was only mild­ly dis­ap­point­ed not to see my uncle in the film clip about the research sci­en­tists at Val­carti­er in the 1950s.