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Lone Star

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Banal
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6 reviews

Nine Theatricals and Genesis Rep present a revival of this one-act dramedy about a vet trying to reenter society after serving in Vietnam. Part of Spotlight On's 'Rise of the Phoenix Festival.'

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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. 


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“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

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

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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, Absorbing, Hilarious, Entertaining

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.

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Funny, Banal, Disappointing, 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

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

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.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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.