Freeline Media Review: “War Horse”

"War Horse" is now being performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando.

“War Horse” is now being performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando.

ORLANDO — “War Horse” is a heartbreaking and deeply moving indictment of war, an accomplishment that’s all the more surprising in that the gentle, very sentimental opening leads you to believe the play will hold your hand throughout the entire length of the show — when it doesn’t. You don’t expect the full force and raw intensity of the play’s image of war as a tragic waste of lives and human potential.
But it’s that sadness throughout the play, and unflinching, horrific images of the European battlefield, that make it a more profoundly moving experience by the end. The Touring Broadway production, now playing at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando, is a superb piece of theater that will haunt you long after the lights have come up.
“War Horse,” in fact, is almost like the anti-Broadway event, in that so many of today’s large scale musicals are simply content to make you scream happiness. “War Horse” is also, in many ways, the animal story that offers the exact opposite approach that Disney applied to its beloved feature length animated films like “Bambi” or “The Lion King.” Continue reading

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