SOME plays have the power to provoke. ”Sixteen Wounded,” at the Long Wharf Theater’s Stage II, may well stun you into silence…Matt August’s direction of a cast of nine skillfully camouflages the playwright’s imperfect construction, in particular, the add-on sense of the play’s final scenes.
Mr. Landau builds from quiet resignation to explosive revelation of Hans’ horrific past and present aloneness. Omar Metwally, whose intensity sears through every corner of the theater, is dazzling, commanding the resources to hold in the ache of Mahmude’s life, while giving himself truthfully to the freeing possibilities of a new one.
In its incendiary world-premiere production, in its burning timelessness “Sixteen Wounded” sends its two adversaries through changes of temperament and temperature, directed by Matt August with a fine sense of balance.
NEW HAVEN REGISTER
Deftly directed by Matt August “Sixteen Wounded” receives an elaborate production.