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Rambo: The Missing Years

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Despite a facility for voicing some 14 characters with varied regional accents, San Francisco’s Howard Petrick looks a little too uncomfortable on stage to register as an actor. Fortunately, the potency of Rambo: The Missing Years springs from Petrick’s first-hand account of his anti-Vietnam activism from within the army in the mid-1960s.

The freshly drafted Petrick first attempts to confound his Minneapolis induction centre by refusing to fill out the necessary forms. “The war can’t be going so badly they need me,” he says. But once he is in their hands, his rebellious activities, including passing antiwar literature to his fellow GIs, raises the army’s ire and soon he is being threatened with a court martial for treason.

The fringe presents lots of historic plays, but this comes with an intriguing authenticity. Also, one of his many voices is a dead ringer for R. Lee Ermey’s drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, which only helps.

— Randall King

 From the official Fringe Festival program:

Threats of treason charges! Phone calls from the Pentagon! Bad mashed potatoes! In this hilarious autobiographical solo performance, Howard Petrick brings a cast of 20 characters to life as he recounts his misadventures as a young anti-war GI who asserts his right to organize his fellow soldiers against the Vietnam War.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 min.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Veterans

Under 15 not admitted.

Warnings: Language

http://www.howardpetrick.com/

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