Black Lab Theatre presents 'Crude,' a dark comedy about the fallout from an ecological disaster and the price you pay for selling your soul in the new millennium. More…
When a catastrophic environmental accident threatens to derail Kurtz Petroleum, it's up to documentarian turned big oil public relations flak Jaime Kurtz (TV Land's Younger's Nico Tortorella) with the help of his commercial making bro-buddy Aaron and Aaron's drug dealer Manny to come up with the perfect pitch to save the company, his relationship with his environmentally conscious wife Brittany, and his stolen dog .
See it if You'll enjoy the scenes with the woman since they're lively and fun.
Don't see it if You probably won't like the scenes with the 3 guys as they are cringe-worthy (frat boy antics and poor acting). Storyline far-fetched.
See it if Like to see a married couple argue about different points of view on a topic. Are a fan of Nico Totorella and like wonderful young actors.
Don't see it if You are under age 16 or are offended by heavy drug use and sexual innuendo.
See it if a brisk, unsparing tale of choosing between your best & worst self appeals. "Younger" fans will enjoy this departure for Nico Tortorella.
Don't see it if Crisp, unmerciful writing and acting that fully realizes it aren't your thing.
See it if you like new works. It has a familiar hit them on the head feel. A lot of the dialogue could be reworked, however, some of it is funny.
Don't see it if you don't like long winded shows. It was too much big oil bad, green energy good. Characters have no depth and fall flat.
See it if You want to see absolutely top-notch acting in a well-written piece which ably breaks down a relationship, friendship and moral challenge.
Don't see it if Youd like a creative challenge-this is a straightforward piece. Also, you may dissaprove of characters choices & thus, not sympathize w/them
See it if you'd love watching a great comic actor upclose in a tiny venue - male lead's rendition of a drug-fueled ad brainstorming session is AWESOME
Don't see it if you're expecting a serious or hyper-informative criticism of our fossil-fuel addiction, that scenario provides the conflict but is not focus
See it if you're a fan of Nico. He's good. You want to provoke a conversation about the subject. With low expectations, it's funny. Solid, not boring.
Don't see it if offended by a bit of language and drug use. You want fully realized characters with coherent arguments. Lots of cliches. Mixed messages.
See it if you like dark humor, like world premieres, want to see the business of oil compared to drug dealers, and like modern problem plays.
Don't see it if you hate the F-bomb, hate references to Houston, aren't comfortable with drug use on stage, and hate intimate and small venues.
See it if you got free tix. After the show I realized that the idea and realization could be 15 minutes maximum. But theater was nice and cozy.
Don't see it if you're child. You very sensitive and don't want to count F*@K word.
See it if you want to see some eye candy with the main actor. Like modern plays
Don't see it if Don't like plots that don't resolve the conflict.
See it if Jamie must contain the PR mess of his family's oil co spill. On 1 shoulder:His wife, a green angel On the other-Aaron a devilish colleague.
Don't see it if You need protagonists you can root for. Bad influence Aaron (W Tre Davis) & the philosophical drug dealer provide the most entertainment.
See it if You want to see a solid comedy with a great performance by Nico Tortorella
Don't see it if You can't tolerate a slow start, or you can't get past imbalanced acting talent
See it if If you want your belly to hurt from laughing this is your show. An original based on what could happen to an oil company.
Don't see it if If you are conservative and don't like drug use or profanity .
See it if You enjoy political theatre that deals with current issues of today. The show speaks largely on oil and the environment.
Don't see it if You have issues with explicit content. Some of the actors are mediocre and the writing leaves a lot to be desired.
See it if If you want to laugh at some lewd, crude humor and don't mind slightly trying-too-hard-at-substance motifs/want an easy 80-90min. of laughs.
Don't see it if you need immersion/investment, are critical of actor's portrayals of drug influence, find excessive cursing a poor sub for better dialogue