Axis Company presents a return engagement of "Last Man Club," a one-act drama set during the Dust Bowl, an era of environmental and economic strife catalyzed by unrestrained human greed. More…
From 1930-1939, the Great American Desert of the Texas and Oklahoma plains—destroyed by the expansion of wheat farming, which plowed beneath the bluestem and buffalo grass holding the dirt in place—blew up into the air in dust storms that packed enough static electricity to power the city of New York. Many refused to leave their dust-covered farms, even after all the animals died and they were eating bitter roots to survive. "Last Man Club" is about one of the families who stayed. With no one else around for a hundred miles, Major's family lives in a one room dugout as he tries to reconcile himself to the fact that his own kin has taken the money and run. Out of the biggest storm in the history of the Dust Bowl—200 miles wide, 15,000 feet high—come two desperate men promising a way out.
See it if Dust bowl farmers so desperate, they want to believe - and might have done - anything. Great sound effects heighten the deepening insanity.
Don't see it if You aren’t up for a downbeat mood piece with fine acting, where the people are symbolized by a wailing crushed bloody jackrabbit.
See it if Entertaining, very good sound and staging. A well acted and directed play.
Don't see it if The shiw drags for about 10 minutes and the woman were a mystery in the play. They didnt even need to cast them.
See it if A quick, sharp left jab of a play Intense, immersive drama of desperate survivors of a catastrophic Dust Bowl storm Mendacity & greed reign
Don't see it if Brief staccato scenes & flat Texas (?) accents can cause some plot confusion Characters not fleshed out but well acted esp McCormick's major
See it if you want to experience a stark tale from the Dust Bowl days of the American Southwest in the Depression years, dramatized with mythic power.
Don't see it if you are looking for a mainstream Western.
See it if you want to be immersed into the 1930's Dust Bowl: people, sights, dress, sounds and smells. Production brings the era alive in a good story
Don't see it if you want a happy story or grand production: this set and actors recreate a haunting time. Difficulty understanding some conversations.
See it if Bewildered Depression family,reeling from drought fallout of Big Dust Storm & clinging to any hope,welcome swindlers &promise of RainMachine
Don't see it if Weathered faces and great absorbing set-up, but no follow-through. (60 min) "Magnets are pretty exciting."
See it if you are interested in the "Dustbowl" era and people barely surviving the ravaging environment & the ruthlessness it engenders.
Don't see it if you dislike the theme or can't tolerate repetitive conflict, suffering and a generally tedious script.
See it if you enjoy intensely dark drama about the struggle to retain human dignity, sanity, and life itself when nature destroys societal honor/trust
Don't see it if you prefer large cast, venue, stage or light dramatic themes, pretty costumes, comedies or musicals or cannot sit 60 min. in hard seats
See it if You ever wondered what it felt like to be trapped in the Dustbowl of the 1930's, this will take you there with genuine power of Nature punch
Don't see it if Something chillingly suggestive of our present climate crisis is the last thing you want to be reminded of, you might want to hide your eyes
See it if you want to see a play about con artists in desperate times.
Don't see it if you want to see a play that is well written and directed where you care about the characters.
See it if you like the off-beat; a Depression Era ensemble drama is your thing; a surreal family, whose characters seem unknowable, intrigues you
Don't see it if you're impatient with a slow story; you prefer lighter fare; you're seeking a more traditional play like "The Rainmaker" w/ some romance
See it if Well conceived and executed tale of life during the dust bowl. Not your typical view, quite lyrical and evocative.
Don't see it if you aren't open to an unconventioanal view of a familiar theme. The writer/director had a concept, the actors bought in to it, and it shows.
See it if you want a taste of real hardships endured during the Depression Dustbowl, complete w broken families, con men, hunger, dust & thirst.
Don't see it if you mind ambiguity, strange characters or an imperfect plot.
See it if you enjoy Beckett-esque thrillers, you like great design elements, you don’t mind creepy.
Don't see it if you want a musical, you want easy answers, you don’t like dust.
See it if A dark Tale of a families struggles during the Dust Bowl era. I enjoyed this play however not as much as many of the reviewers.
Don't see it if You prefer a more uplifting subject matter.
See it if you want to experience what Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans photographed for the WPA.
Don't see it if you cannot deal with profoundly depressing circumstances that are all too real.
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