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Fool For Love (Beetlebung Road)

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Edgy

About the show

Sam Shepard's classic drama tells the story of two people who just can't live without each other whether they like it or not. More…

In a low-budget motel room on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert, May, a conflicted young woman sits dejectedly on her rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent: They cannot get along with or without one another, yet neither can deny their burning passion.

Member Reviews (28)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Edgy
Avg Score

Exciting, Uneven, Raucous, Atmospheric, Mythic

See it if you would like to see a strong production of a modern classic American play, a signature play of one of America's great playwrights.

Don't see it if you no longer respond to Shepard's macho myth-making—or you never did.

Also In spring 1983 I saw the original production of “Fool for Love.” Ed Ha... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you are a Shepard fan as this is a good production overall: acting is very good, set works well, sound and lights are good & nonstop action

Don't see it if you do not like tense relationships, shouting and brutal interchanges in an off off Broadway budget production.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Great acting

See it if Presumed lovers quarrel and get physical in familiar Shepard. The acting separates this production from previous stagings. Electric.

Don't see it if Eye-roll plot twist reveal. Low production values. Machismo. Brutality. Gen. Adm.

Better than the production on broadway last year

See it if If you want to see this play the way that Sam wanted it to be done in a small intimate dirty Theatre

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Sam shepherd.

Also In my other reviews you will see that I am not a big fan of this theat... Read more Read less

Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Energetic, We'll acted

See it if you're a fan of Sam Shepard, like dysfunctional family plays, unconventional love stories, very good performances (especially Andrew Dits)

Don't see it if scenes of violence, gunfire, loud arguments & cursing would be disturbing.

Also Play is far from perfect but holds your interest with some surprises a... Read more Read less

Extremely high-energy / surprisingly entertaining, Cleverly staged & directed / great dirty dingy set, Physically-charged / intense / creepy / raunchy, Classic book / disturbing dysfunctional relationship, Passionate heavy strong (individual) performances

See it if you know what's coming & can handle the physical abuse, alcoholism, insecurities, incest, extra-marital affairs, creepy dad, mousy guy, etc.

Don't see it if over-the-top shouting, destructive push-&-pull passive-aggressive relationships, plus high-energy chases w/in a small set ain't for you.

Also Saw the film a ton ago.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you like a melodrama on destructive relationships that has subject matters that maybe even more taboo now then they were originally.

Don't see it if you want the drama to come more from plot than from character conflicts. Mind portrayals of domestic violence and forbidden relationships.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Intense

See it if You like Sam Shepard’s work, want to see great acting, tension between lovers who are very strong characters.

Don't see it if If you are easily bothered by love triangle, violence, gunshot, machoism, midwest accent and if small theater, are not your thing

Also The cast was amazing, some scenes were visually stunning and the tensi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Classic sam shepard, Incest theme, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a Sam Shepard fan; you realize an incestuous love bond can be complicated, frustrating -- not to mention illegal; you like the West

Don't see it if excessive machismo, sexism, and violence disturb you; if the drinking of alcohol onstage is a trigger; if dysfunctional affairs upset you

Also Andrew Dits (as Eddie) is a powerhouse in the role! Mesmerizing & abso... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Profound, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if you want to see actors give strong performances.

Don't see it if you are disappointed when a play ends premature to the plot running to its conclusion.

Excruciating, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you like Sam Shepard's style of writing and plays that display raw emotions.

Don't see it if you enjoy a more lighthearted theater experience.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy serious and well-written Theater. Very good acting. Captures obsession.

Don't see it if You expect a light evening of song and dance.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy relationship dramas with great writing and surprises

Don't see it if You don’t like violence

Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Intense, Romantic but not in the usual way

See it if you like twisted, hi octane stories of the good, bad and very ugly of love. Great performances; compares well to Bway version 2 yrs ago.

Don't see it if you like your love stories to be uplifting and more conventional; the threat of violence makes you squeamish

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like westerns and/or southern drama. A different but truthful take on dysfunction.

Don't see it if You dont like smaller venues and/or narrations.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Beautifully written and acted. Somewhat disturbing. Definitely depressing. A play about obsessive love and family disfunction.

Don't see it if You don't like depressing love stories. You are squeamish about (mild) domestic violence. You always need to understand what is happening.

Great acting, Confusing, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You know any of the actors. They do a great job with what they had to work with ..especially the stuntman cowboy !

Don't see it if You are Uncomfortable with sexual tension and an unexpected plot twist

Entertaining, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if The actors did a solid job with their performance. It needed stronger direction. The depth of the characters wasn't completely there.

Don't see it if If complicated relationships are challenged this is not for you. This was a serious story.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You are ready for an intense drama about love and family and desire

Don't see it if You need some comic relief. Don’t go if you’ve see other Sam Shepherd plays and haven’t been struck in the heart

Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Fine acting, especially between the two leads. As to the writing, I mean, it's Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if The play is intense and there's a plot twist at the end that might bother some.

Quirky, Slow

See it if You are a Sam Shepard fan.

Don't see it if You are looking for great writing and lucid story line.

Low chemistry, Good acting, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You like Sam Shepherd plays. You like a small theatre where you can feel intimacy with the characters.

Don't see it if You like plays in which words, actions & setting all come together to make a satisfying whole. Production did not move as much as expected.

Also I wanted more energy and heat on stage. Play had its raw moments but t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like good acting - very engaging intense storyline.

Don't see it if If you don't like dramas or complicated storylines

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like western themes and hot cowboys

Don't see it if you get upset about sexual themes

Absorbing, Intense, Thoughtful

See it if You enjoy Shepard, you want to support a small show, you like theater in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You're looking for something fast-paced, you don't like depressing shows, you get triggered by violence

December 1st, 2018
"Kymberly Harris' direction did a wonderful job in keeping Shepherds play dark and raw...'Fool For Love' cannot be pulled off without good acting nor great lighting...Silver, Dits, Hale and Ruby all do a very believable, complementing job, and they do great service to Mr. Shepard's work...If this...
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December 2nd, 2018
"A fine production...The director Kymberly Harris did a fine job with a splendid cast...I was particularly struck by the way Sophia Silver's May changed when Martin came for their date. Eddie obviously brings out a great deal of anger and resentment in May, even inciting her to a physical fight. ...
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