Who Mourns For Bob the Goon? centers around five veterans who all believe themselves to be comic book villains and their therapist, Jonathan. When Langly aka Asurka, the sixth veteran, enters the group, the tables’ turn and conflict ensues. Langly associates herself with the anime character Asurka. It is gradually revealed that each veteran has endured something very traumatic and in coping with PTSD, they have disassociated with present, every day life, and taken on the personas of comic book characters, some of who have endured similar events and challenges. This play is a brilliant and innovative look at the effects of war. Playwright, Joshua Young, skillfully masters the psyches of his characters so that we may look voyeuristically at the kind of every day life that precedes war. Young manages to find light and humor and depth and reality. Beautifully directed by Lucia Bellini, this play is well worth seeing.
Originally printed 11/11/15 A new production is playing at the Here Arts Center: 145 6th Ave until Aug 13th.