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Hit the Wall

A well-intended but sloppy re-creation of the Stonewall riots that sparked a gay-rights revolution

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Matthew Murphy

It?s clear that Hit the Wall is a passion project for all those involved. The 90-minute show — which chronicles the June 1969 riots outside NYC?s Stonewall Inn that ignited the gay-rights movement — covers a very important topic and happens to be situated in Off Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre located about a block from where the events took place. Passion, though, isn?t enough to create a great theatrical experience. Ike Holter’s play comes from a good place, but the storyline, execution, and some of the performances are messy. The story of Stonewall has been unspooled in documentaries and movies — Stonewall and Stonewall Uprising come to mind — but sadly Hit the Wall won?t be this topic?s definitive re-creation. C?