And the Vets Go “Marching On” @ The Wallis

“Marching On,” a production of CRE (create, reflect, empower) Outreach, directed by Greg Shane, throws a powerful punch, with shocking honesty, to shake us up into consciousness and awareness of the veteran’s plight and the transition back into civilian life . This show is truly a noble, honest work of art, full of blood, sweat, and tears. This show recounts eight veterans’ tours of duty, from boot camp to homecoming, through a series of vignettes and soliloquies. This amazing ensemble of veterans (Josie Benford, Irene Cruz, Paul E. Johnson, Monty Montgomery, Jefferson Reid, Judith Welch, Carla Brame Wilkerson, and Mason Vokes) infuses their roles with a raw intensity of personal experience that illuminates enduring truths. Their personal, heartfelt stories deal with once taboo subjects, such as alienation, drug & substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, abortion, all tenuous situations, taking a toll on these men and women for their entire lifetime. One memorable moment (of many) was of a female vet standing up for her rights and proving her strength and stamina are more than performing a set of push-ups. One veteran spoke candidly of how her transition unlocked once hidden memories; another felt ostracized due to the color of his skin; while others longed for family, which ultimately matters most. Hard-edged and gritty, this show also has soft and sentimental moments, with the eight actors forming a cohesive, solid ensemble. CRE gives these veterans a safe, creative venue through theatre to “uplift, unite, teach, build communities, inspire, and heal.” “Marching On” is sort of like an ‘acting boot camp!’

About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at and my email is
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