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Lone Star (2017)

From 5 critic and 9 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing

About the show

Nine Theatricals and Genesis Rep present a revival of this one-act dramedy about a vet trying to reenter society after serving in Vietnam. More…

Set in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar, Roy—a brawny macho man who was once a high-school hero—is back in town after a stint in Vietnam, and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his adoring younger brother Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling his sibling with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Note: There is a two-drink minimum per person in addition to the ticket price.

1h 0m | Already closed | The Triad (Upper W Side)


“An outstanding revival…The play enjoys superb direction by Pete McElligott and features a cast of three remarkable actors. A show like ‘Lone Star’ is the reason we go to the theater…This play is the real deal. It captures some harsh realities with both humor and pathos. The cast of ‘Lone Star’ is in full command of their roles…The actors deliver James McClure's well-crafted dialogue with complete authenticity…Timeless and insightful .” Full Review


“Earthy, thoughtful and very funny, this is a roaring revival…Alternating between flavorfully humorous and darkly revealing dialogue, Mr. McLure vibrantly renders his characters’ personalities and motivations…With this sociological slice of life, McLure has created three strong roles for actors, and this production’s cast plays them with assurance…Director Pete McElligott’s staging is equally accomplished...An energetically paced and precise presentation.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“James McLure wrote this superb, underrated one-act play with three characters in 1979, as America was still in the shadow of Vietnam. Under the smart direction of Pete McElligott the play achieves another life in the age of Trump. McLure’s challenging ear for authentic dialogue of that time and of that place is met and mastered by all three performers…The pace of the play is brisk but never forced…A wonderful and worthwhile play.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Damn funny…Each performer embodied their character with real aptitude and solid detail work…If there was an issue with the show, it was the space, which took too long to capture the intimacy of the backyard behind the bar. So while the jokes kept landing...the closeness and the trust the brothers had for each other was undercut by a strange sense of displacement. Part of this is a staging issue...The play works because the text is sneaky and charming and, I’ll say it again, for real funny.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A brief but intriguing look at the struggles of a Vietnam War veteran in Texas in the 1970s...The actors' talents compensate for such a small space and minimalist set. Although McLure's characters are somewhat one-dimensional, the actors do their best to add believability and emotional complexity...A slight work with deeper meaning beneath its deceitfully superficial humor...Overall, both the cast and the opening act show endearing enthusiasm." Full Review

Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing, Short

See it if you want to see a surprisingly good One Act play performed in an unlikely venue. The play is funny, & the acting is excellent and hilarious

Don't see it if you're looking for fancy production values, or the 2 drink minimum is going to bother you. Otherwise, there's no reason NOT to see it!

Confusing, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a drama/comedy about a someone coming back from a war.

Don't see it if You don't want a 2-drink minimum or not interested in the topic

Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a comedic [and poignant] look into a man's return from war and PTSD. A great 'diamond' of intimate theater w/short run-time!

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this piece. Great price for a great show that's rarely produced/performed.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see strong acting in a famous theater piece

Don't see it if if you like flashy and phony

Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of James McClure and would like a fresh take on one of his best works.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of comedies, you take your pocket protectors very seriously, or you're from Oklahoma.

Also Saw this at the Triad. Everyone had drinks and enjoyed live music befo... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if I suggest everyone to see it. What a great show. Very well written. And very funny I was laughing through the whole show.

Don't see it if I would go see the show again that's how great it was

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like absorbing dramas about men with a hopeful ending.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas and good music

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are in need of a trip to college theater complete with over acting, no set and bad production values.

Don't see it if You are looking for interesting new theater.

Disappointing, Funny, Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if I went because a friend dragged me based on good reviews on Facebook. I am sorry I did. least to me acting over the top.

Don't see it if You like professional theater and things that are current. Also, if you are a woman. Its a sausage fest at best

Cast & Creatives (8)