Last night, I watch the documentary The Man Nobody Knew about former CIA Director William Colby. The film was directed by his son, Carl, and covers his life as a member of the clandestine services - first, OSS, and later, the CIA. It’s a very interesting look at his service and the toll it took on himself and his family, as he wrestled with the issues involved in secrecy, particularly during his years as CIA Director when the Agency was being investigated by Congress. A good film looking at intelligence issues from a personal angle with interviews from many influential policy makers. It’s currently available on Netflix, and you can learn more about the film here.
The play belongs to the three generations of Riggins men, though. Erik Frandsen is superb as the grandfather, Lester, bringing a Sam Shepard-esque lyricism to a very realistic portrayal of a tough old coot who’s gotten wiser as illness has overtaken him. Justin Ness reveals all of the contradictions of Wayne, a man who is well aware of his shortcomings but generally unable to rein them in. And Michael Komala not only convinces us that he’s a teenager, but shows us the tough journey that Michael Riggins has already taken in life, as well as the one he undergoes during this play. The chemistry among all three of these actors is palpable; together they give us three generations to root for in a family rife with dysfunction…. Read ‘Noah’s Arkansas’ entire review click above link