THEATER REVIEW: “Cry ‘Havoc’!” @ Shakespeare & Co. [Berkshire on Stage]
Review by Macey Levin
Stephan Wolfert is a veteran having had a seven-year career in the army. In the late ’90s, a chance viewing of Shakespeare’s Richard III led him into the life of an actor. He has combined these two threads into a calling to inform the public of the difficulty veterans have to re-integrate themselves into society. Cry “Havoc!” at Shakespeare & Co.’s Bernstein Theatre in Lenox is an autobiographical, one-man show. It is harrowing, hilarious and uplifting.
On a bare stage, different worlds come alive by Wolfert’s story-telling and sound effects that he orally mimics. He tells us that the military creates a population of killers, which is why they are in the service, but when their terms are over they are discharged without the support needed to rejoin society. This is the cause of severe depression. This is the cause of alcoholism. This is the cause of 20 suicides by veterans each day.