'Solitaire': a great play for those who like a good monologue

"Solitaire" is a play by Joshua Crone, a marine veteran with theater and film credits in Europe, that may actually be better suited for film. It may be a bit difficult to fully grasp the plot of the play at first, but it is a perfect platform for Gabriel Miller Schwalenstocker to display his handling of the monologue.

"Solitaire" is a dark, creepy yet insanely interesting play about Schwalenstocker's character, a young marine imprisoned in solitary confinement for the torture and murder of a suspected terrorist, who now haunts him by incessantly playing the card game solitaire.

The backbone of the play is the conflicting dichotomy between the prisoner and characters of his past, both real and imaginary. It's up to you to decipher what is reality and what is fantasy.

Irish actor Richie Stephens displays a near perfect grasp of American accent and dialect while playing the role of the military guard and former fellow cadet. The accents changes with character since one is more rural than the other.

In the second act, you learn everything you need to know about the prisoner and why he is in this predicament in the first place. The effect of solitary confinement has all but completely eroded the prisoner's mind to the point that not only does he no longer have any grasp of his own faith but even gets the chaplain to question his faith and purpose.

A properly used prop is the projection screen inside the jail cell that uses home videos as a way to bridge the gap between past and present. From there you can see the prisoner's aggression mixed with sexual desire that leads to the breakdown of a love relationship and the murder that leads to the life of solitaire.

As mentioned before, this play would make a very good film, but a great play to see the display of the acting talents of those involved.

Where to see it:

Nov 13 - Dec 21
The Underground Theater
1308 N Wilton Pl
Los Angeles‎ CA‎ 90028