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Black Watch 

When: Wed., Feb. 9 2011
Price: Sold Out

Memo to aspiring reporters: Sometimes information has a price. When a journalist asks a group of Scottish soldiers in a bar about their experience in Iraq at the opening of the drama Black Watch, one sincerely offers to break his arm. "If he wants to [know] about Iraq," the veteran says, "he has to feel some pain."

Perhaps that is the one great achievement of playwright Gregory Burke's script. Based on interviews—like the one above—with members of a famous regiment whose reputation for gallantry extends to the 1700s, this National Theatre of Scotland production, which took honors at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was subsequently produced, twice, to rave reviews in New York, "makes you feel you have crawled into the skins of a regiment of Scottish soldiers in Iraq," in the words of New York Times critic Ben Brantley.

This harrowing, edgy, profanity-laced chronicle, documenting a tour of duty where soldiers were placed farther than expected into harm's way, doesn't just remind us that the soldiers you get back after a war aren't the ones you sent over to fight it. Reportedly, this show, directed by John Tiffany, has bone-deep acting and several judicious coups de theatre. But there's bad news: The entire run, through Sunday, Feb. 13, is sold out, so you're going to have to work hard to finagle a seat; still, such an effort would be minimal compared to the exertions of the characters in Black Watch. —Byron Woods

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