“Sins of Heroes” are two one acts of famous men, one real and the other fictional. “Confessions of a Redneck: A 99% True Story” is written by Todd Eller, also starring as Sergeant Alvin York, hero of WWI. His research of York is gratifying and Eller brilliantly assumes many roles. He becomes his father, brother, a preacher, his company commander and battalion commander, among others, and is a strong, mesmerizing performer.
The play is helped enormously by a large screen and video projector featuring pristine clips of WWI, celebrities of the day, war pictures, family photos, the real Sergeant York and his wife Gracie. During the screening, Eller changes into his Army uniform.
Eller earlier portrays York as a hellion in his youth and teenage years, a hard drinker and saloon brawler. Ultimately convinced the war was just, on October 8, 1918, Corporal York led seven men in a charge against a German machine gun nest, killing 28 enemy soldiers and capturing 132 more. As a result, he was promoted to Sergeant and awarded the Medal of Honor. “Confessions of a Redneck” is exciting, both historically and theatrically.
Second on the bill, “Harry Flashman” is much ado about nothing. Brandon Hayes, director of both plays, moves well, has a great Shakespearean face and looks handsome in what seems to be a Revolutionary War uniform. However, his projection much of the time was soft to the point of being inaudible, and what could be heard was not of particular interest.
“The Sins of Heroes” is at The Sherry Theatre, 11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Performances are Saturdays at 8 p.m., ending March 28. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call (323) 474-6227.