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Loveless Texas

From 85 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Slow, Funny

About the show

Boomerang Theater Company presents a new musical inspired by Shakespeare’s 'Love’s Labour’s Lost' set in Texas during the Great Depression. More…

'Loveless Texas' tells the story of two brothers in 1920 Texas. The elder is King Navarre, responsible oil man and cattle rancher; the younger is Berowne Navarre, playboy and rascal. With the onset of the Great Depression, King hires Berowne and his college buddies Duke and Bubba, provided they swear off romance, drinking, carousing, and gambling. But when four intelligent and beautiful women arrive and demand an audience, all bets are off. 'Loveless Texas' features a score in a variety of traditional Americana styles, including swing, bluegrass, blues, Cajun waltz, two-step, and cowboy yodels.

Member Reviews (85)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Slow, Funny
Avg Score

Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Romantic, Funny

See it if you enjoy musicals, especially country music. There is a wealth of new music here, mostly well sung and acted with interesting staging.

Don't see it if you expect a refined production. It runs long with the song lyrics repeated and a band that sometimes is a bit too loud.

Banal, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy community theater and an energetic young cast who tries their best.

Don't see it if Poorly acted, poorly sung, confusing plot, lifeless and plodding musical. Way too long. Needs over one hour of cuts.

Overly long, Catchy tunes, but repetitive, Reasonably entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like good community theater by an earnest cast with some decent singers. This is waaay too long and lacks nuance, but has some charm.

Don't see it if don't enjoy country, twangy show tunes, broad performances & poorly managed audio in a small space. There's lots of repetition. I got bored.

Also This never engaged me, but their hearts were in the right place.... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Excruciating, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You like a LOT of melodrama. I wanted to like this so badly, it's a great concept and some of the songs are really good. But...

Don't see it if You want a good story. It is banal- boring, & even confusing. The acting is uneven and often over the top. It was frustrating to sit through

Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Slow, Has possibilities

See it if you enjoy musicals featuring country western music, romantic plot, cute costumes, and cheerful actors.

Don't see it if you dislike any of the above; you can't stand uneven performances, bad sound tech, corny plots.

Also With some editing and more even performances, better sound engineer, t... Read more Read less

Great singing, Not enough musical comedy, Great sound to the score, Listless, texas?, Needs editing

See it if musical theatre adaptations of obscure Shakespeare are in your wheelhouse, talented cast sings the **** out of the score, attractive staging

Don't see it if musical adaptations of Shakespeare would not appeal to you, unedited material drags the show down, seems a distraction from the storyline

Delightful, Great songs, Ambitious adaptation makes hay of a problematic shakespearean comedy

See it if you can enjoy a show that’s flawed but contrives fun & clever answers to the problems of adaptation

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are as close to perfect as possible; you dislike Shakespeare adaptations that don’t keep any of the quotable lines

Also I’m over-scoring this—LT’s far from perfect but full of good ideas. A ... Read more Read less

Clever, Slow, Great potential with some cuts, Fun music

See it if you like new musicals that need work but still make you smile, and a very strong cast, with a couple of exceptions. Needs cuts.

Don't see it if you have no patience with Shakespeare adaptations, don't like country and Cajun music, and are expecting polished sound tech.

Also For the most part this was a fun evening with a pleasant hard-working ... Read more Read less

I was entertained by this fresh faced, fresh voiced, pleasant musical.

See it if To see young talents earning their chops. Pleasant Non-twangy country music. Slightly overstuffed but some good ideas.

Don't see it if You think small spaces require no body mikes. You don't want to be hammered by the unsubtle overly loud on stage band. Predictable plotting

Also A minor Shakespeare. Somehow I expected to hew a bit closer to Shakesp... Read more Read less

Good-natured, Energetic, Great songs -has potential, Uneven acting, Needs major editing

See it if A decent musical c&w adaptation of Love's Labours Lost with some fine talent but technical problems: too many songs, too much repetition &..

Don't see it if ...not enough development. Don't do routines if your actors can't dance! Still, a nice entertainment for a reasonable price.

Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you appreciate great performances from a talented cast despite a plot that is hard to follow. Most of the songs are upbeat and lively.

Don't see it if you insist on a show that is fully polished and easy to understand.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Want a light and fun and small production of a Shakespeare play updated as a musical. Make great use of the limited space.

Don't see it if Wish to see Shakespeare as a traditional play.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You wanna see a fun, musical with great performances, country music and lotsa heart.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical with big production values. This ones tell the story in an intimate theatre


See it if you want to see a 2:40 hour fun musical in depression era Texas/Louisiana loosely based on Love's Labor Lost with great songs and acting.

Don't see it if you are not into long musicals that are silly, predictable but fun.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy new musicals in a traditional format w/ a big cast of multitalented performers, many of them young & just starting out.

Don't see it if you prefer cutting edge theatre, don't like traditional musicals, & /or are expecting to see a musical version of "Love's Labour's Lost."

Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A fun musical take on a Shakespeare play. Cutting 30- 45 minutes out of the draggy first act would help. The 2nd act is a delight.

Don't see it if Long first acts leave you with aching body parts

Entertaining, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you want a good old fashion musical with lots of singing and dancing where the guy gets the girl in the end, performed by a cast of merit.

Don't see it if you're looking for something modern, edgy or avant garde.

Also The amplification of the actors seemed unnecessary in a theater of thi... Read more Read less

Great singing, Energetic, Disappointing, Romantic, Too long

See it if you love musicals - the singing was quite good .I especially liked the energy and singing of Joe Joseph who played Berowne.

Don't see it if are expecting a musical with an interesting plot - the story goes on for too long and is repetitive

Also The music mix was uneven throughout and often competed with those sing... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you want to see a entertaining and very moving musical based on a Shakespearean comedy set in Texas in 1929

Don't see it if you like short shows (it is 2 1/2 hours long), and don't see it if you hate country music or a complicated plot.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if YOu like musicals with great tunes and clever lyrics. You like Shakespeare's Love's Labors Lost.

Don't see it if You need something serious.

Also I would have rated the show much higher if I'd been able to understand... Read more Read less

Great singing, Good songs, Romantic, Slow

See it if like shows loaded with pretty but not necessarily memorable songs and with and/or shows with lots of romance.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with too many songs or that are set in the old West.

Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy fluffy musicals that root their stories in classic texts.

Don't see it if Are hoping for a story that is faithful to its root story. Also it is a long musical that could be trimmed.

Great singing, Clever, Delightful, Romantic, Great score

See it if you like plays/musical based on Shakespeare comedies, toe-tapping country-western numbers, very talented actors/singers and a great band,

Don't see it if you do not like upbeat country-western songs, Shakespeare-based romantic comedies updated to the 20th century, and cutesy pairings at end.

Slow, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You don't have anything else to do.

Don't see it if You expect some good country or blue grass music and dancing.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if If u love musicals, great music, singing and staging.

Don't see it if U can't seat over 2 hours or need to see perfect choreography and dancing skills.

September 9th, 2017
"A delicious, if overstuffed, puff pastry of a musical...The music is easy on the ears. Aronson...clearly knows how to write a catchy melody. He weaves them together in thrilling counterpoint...Heffernan's serviceable staging doesn't always compensate for a book that tends to drag...'Loveless Tex...
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September 11th, 2017
“A barnyard-raising show with unflagging energy…There are too many songs...These people are constantly and inappropriately breaking out into song…This production hovers on the edge of greatness by virtue of its marvelous production values and performances. Though the ‘choreography’ is quite bad, ...
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September 17th, 2017
“Now as ‘Loveless Texas’ by Henry Aronson (music and lyrics) and Cailín Heffernan (libretto and direction) it has become a delightful country-western musical set in the Lone Star State during the Great Depression. Faithful to the original story, it has a high-powered cast made up mainly of Broadw...
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September 9th, 2017
“The latest entry in the Bardic song and dance catalogue is the…musically melodious but dramatically deficient ‘Loveless Texas’…It enjoys a wonderfully pleasant score by Henry Aronson…The singing is just fine, especially when in the hands of LaVergne's feisty Rosaline…Despite their expressive ent...
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