I suppose that every viewer watching a play compares his experiences to the experience on the stage and associates himself with one of the principal heroes. That is why for most viewers, as I realized after the play, the idea of being abandoned in teenage age was unbearable. It was depressing for me as well because I recalled instantly how poorly protected and developed I was at thirteen and even sixteen and how my personality lacked coherence and stamina. They say, that teenage years are the hardest for parents and while watching kids who grow up without parents I felt admiration and some kind of jealousy (that I can regard as a compliment to the believable portraits created o the stage). On the one hand, it is a great challenge; on the other hand it is such an exciting experience for children. I guess that if people are formed in such circumstances they can become truly self-sufficient people. That is what we see in the “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them” : the process of personalities development. It is really hard to capture this elusive moment but it seems to me that the actors of this play coped with their task.
Edith is by all means a central figure in the play because she is the youngest. This girl is a real tomboy who possesses so many different kinds of weapon that a professional soldier could be surprised. A rifle and a bow with arrows serve her as a symbolic protection from the problems of the outside world she cannot solve due to her age. Being only twelve, the period when other girls just start walk farther from their houses, Edith has to protect her little family from inadequacy and careless parents. I was touched to see a girl so strong as a character and so delicate as a human being inside, and her skills with a rifle served as a good metaphor to me. The actress managed to feel how a little human can hide her fear of insecurity under a mask of bravado and indifference. I suppose that the actress was