‘The P.O.W. and the Girl’ finds powerful emotional release in NoHo through Feb. 16

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An intense, harrowing look at overcoming emotional trauma, The P.O.W. and the Girl features fine acting and thoughtful plot, based in part on a true story. It focuses on finding the courage and resilience to triumph over adversity through the powers of love and hope.

In 1980s Britain, punk granddaughter Sarah (Samantha Mallory) struggles to survive her rigid grandfather John’s (Chas Mitchell) angry explosions as manifestation of his PTSD from surviving a Japanese prison camp in World War II. She meets sweet, sincere Paul (Adrian Burks), dealing with his own family issues. Can their budding romance survive emotional devastation and despair?

Director Trace Oakley draws excellent performances from the cast. Mitchell brings a deep intensity and vulnerability to the hurting grandfather, full of passion and fear. Mallory brings an expressive charm to the arty Sarah, tough but girlish. Burks’ Paul is full of charm and light though suffering through emotional drama with his own mother.

Production design adds power to the presentation, particularly Dan B. McNamara’s lighting and Art Wood’s sound design which highlight the nightmarish flashbacks of the struggling John.

The P.O.W. and the Girl blends strong acting and dramatic story to reveal characters letting go of the past to move confidently into the future.

“The P.O.W. and the Girl” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm through Saturday, February 16 at the Sherry Theatre located at 11052 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $32, $25 for seniors (62+) and $20 for youth. Visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call (800) 838-3006. Also visit PowAndGirl.com.

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