Second Stage's world premiere comic drama tells the story of what happens when a small-town girl decides, quite literally, to paint the town red. More…
Paint it red. So begins Lydia's wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town's soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.
See it if you want a play that is jam-packed with social ideas but often tries too hard to be "millennial."
Don't see it if you want a drama/quasi-comedy with suspense and characters (except Jason) you might really care about.
See it if If you are interested in social and political issues and even possible solution
Don't see it if Looking for great acting
See it if you feel the pain of gentrification and its effect on communities. Or if you are open to shows with a slightly kooky premise.
Don't see it if expect your theater experiences to be completely believable, or have no patience for an exaggerated premise.
See it if you care about revitalizing small cities and urban development. There are good actors in the cast and some interesting characters.
Don't see it if you expect a coherent story where everything ties together and reaches for a meaningful resolution.
See it if You are a fan of the actors or want to support new plays
Don't see it if You want to see a well written, exciting or comedic show. It has a little bit of everything with not enough of anything.
See it if you like young talent: the actors are pretty good, while the show is shallow and plain weird.
Don't see it if you are not into slow pieces that remind you of your school productions.
See it if You happen to get low cost tickets and have nothing better to go to, otherwise you will be disappointed spending money to be disappointed.
Don't see it if you have better things to do.
See it if You want to see a somewhat different take on current events and the growing urban/rural divide.
Don't see it if You hate cliches about “Rust Belt” towns; you don’t like convenient plot turns
See it if You are interested in seeing the millennial transformation of a town in the branding era. Very real and relevant.
Don't see it if You refuse to open your mind to racism underlying communities who fear change.
See it if You like Anna Chulmsky, minimal sets, shows with relevant topics, a story that raises questions and that things don't always go as planned.
Don't see it if You want a story that isn't complicated and strong theme to a play that makes a point.
See it if you are curious how small towns function, and your interested in some messed up relationships
Don't see it if you want something fast passed or overly entertaining
See it if you're a fan of new plays, director Kate Whoriskey, the actors, or Second Stage Theater. Not much is here otherwise.
Don't see it if you have the option to see a better play. The acting and the direction are great individually, but the writing fails to tie them together.
See it if very good charachter work from the entire cast
Don't see it if you are not forgiving of a narrative that gets lost. it starts off as a rom com and then gets lost while trying to make a point
See it if You like the author, Greg Pierce, and his previous plays. It's got some interesting writing and good moments.
Don't see it if You have other plays you'd rather see instead; don't make it a priority.
See it if you'd like to see a thoughtful new play with some great talent
Don't see it if you're expecting a comedy based on the actors - this is a drama with comedic elements
See it if I'm not really sure who this play was written for... fans of "My Girl" and "Happy Endings"?
Don't see it if This show lacked originality and was written/produced about 10 years after it could have been refreshing and relevant. Pass on this.