Biloxi Blues

A play by Neil Simon.

I love this play, I love this performance, I love Sergeant Toomey. Biloxi Blues is so rich in meaning. For me, Toomey is more than the mad Sergeant who tortures his rookies before sending them to the frontline. He is the man who knows that the kids he is dealing with have very little chance of surviving, and he attempts – often clumsily, almost always misunderstood (because teaching is a difficult art) – to teach them the lesson that just might save their life. If you can uncover the infinitesimal percentage of shyness in a cynic, of weakness in a bully, of softness in an evil man, you have won your bet with the character. That’s what I think. You can bet your life that Iago has a good side and Richard III can get emotional.