As an Emory theater professor and member of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival's ensemble, JOHN AMMERMAN
frequently plays classic roles in a very proper manner. Which made his about-face turn in Theatre Gael's Rat in the Skull
such an eye-opener. Ammerman erupted with a seething, verbal profane performance as a Northern Irish policeman in London to interrogate an IRA bomber, whom he despises even more than the English. Reminiscent of Ben Kingsley's feral intensity in Sexy Beast
, Ammerman's work suggested that he should opt for David Mamet and Martin McDonagh more than Shakespeare, and keep walking on the wild side.