REVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD

The emotional weight of the story pulled through to leave an impact.

By Teresa Cherian

Youngblood is a poignant new work by Kayla Turnbull. The story is set during the chaos in America during the Vietnam War, with recruitment and riots running amok. The story follows the journey of five members of a gang in California as they navigate the tumultuous times.

Although certain moments felt confusing, the emotional weight of the story pulled through to leave an impact. And there were moments of the show where the acting didn’t seem to fully represent the emotional impact that the script may have intended. However, this was balanced by moments of pure thespian brilliance and palpable chemistry between the actors. While the show may have its flaws, the story of this ragtag group, in their attempts to reckon with the chaos around them, proved to be a compelling watch.

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