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Last Man Club

From 37 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Confusing, Riveting

About the show

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. 

1h 15m | Already closed | Axis Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (37)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Confusing, Riveting
77
Avg Score

80
Great acting, Great sound, Moody, Haunting, Desperate

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.

71
Great staging, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

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.

76
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

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

88
American, Elemental, Mythic, Intriguing

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.

Also For years director-writer Randy Sharp & the Axis Company have been tel... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

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.

74
Atmospheric, Great acting, Absorbing

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."

Also "Sorry to be standing in the middle of your home, sir, without an expl... Read more Read less

70
Intense, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You’re into the DARK side and patient !

Don't see it if You want to enjoy your evening.

76
Good acting and good atmosphere

See it if You appreciate esoteric takes on dire circumstances.

Don't see it if You want a play that actually explains what happens.

50
Repetitive, Disappointing, Atmospheric, Stereotyped characters, Boring

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.

70
Predictable, Banal, Great acting, Slow

See it if You are interested in the Dust Bowl.

Don't see it if There aren't a lot of particular reasons not to see it, but it's not particularly worth seeing, either.

75
Resonant, Confusing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

Also Some of dialog was muffled and incomprehensible to me even in front ro... Read more Read less

61
Good acting, Boring, Slow, Confusing

See it if you need a nap. While the actors did an admirable job, the show, itself, was less than stellar

Don't see it if you like to stay awake during shows

67
Poorly researched writing, Confused staging, Great set, Great acting

See it if you want to see the story of a highly dysfunctional (and dangerous) family funtioning in the Dust Bpwl

Don't see it if you need a historical drama to not be ahistorical

Also The author used facts the crossed 4 different decades to be facts on o... Read more Read less

85
A dark moody atmospheric piece about what happens when the weather goes crazy. sound familiar?, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

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

50
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

76
Different, 1930s dust bowl setting, Plot holes big enough to drive a water truck thru, Surreal & confusing at times, Superior sound design

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

Also A loopy 1930s "dust bowl" drama with neither the charm nor romantic en... Read more Read less

53
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Like a drama that has a base in history

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

80
Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if Thought provoking with believable actors.

Don't see it if If you were expecting singing and dancing to feel good...

85
Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

87
Mysterious but captivating

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.

Also This show has fine acting, a great set (despite low budget), excellent... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if want to support Axis Theatre. Enjoy very slow theatre.

Don't see it if just had a double espresso. You will be climbing the walls to get out.

Also I have always enjoyed Axis Theatre productions. They are generally dar... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Great acting, Dizzying

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.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

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.

94
Depressing, Riveting, Brilliant

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.

Also This is a very powerful piece of theater. The acting, the staging, the... Read more Read less

99
Riveting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You like theatre that grips you from the moment the house lights dim performed by a masterful NYC Theatre Company.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy thought-provoking theatre.

Also Last Man Club creates a world of post-apocalyptic like atmosphere whil... Read more Read less


June 9th, 2019
“’Last Man Club’ beautifully overloads the senses and transports you to the Dust Bowl in the 1930s...’Last Man Club’ is not a play which tells a straightforward story...This experience is best described as immersive environmental theater...The atmosphere is suffocating and riveting...The six acto...
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June 9th, 2019
“Earth, air, water, and fire -- every vital element reaches critical risk level in ‘Last Man Club’, a tense dystopian mood piece from writer/director Randy Sharp...This one-act historical drama blows in with gale force as Sharp and her creative team unearth the allure and agony of Depression-era ...
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June 7th, 2019
“An immersive revisit to a prior end of times...A journey into seeming end-of days as outside forces overwhelm both body and soul...The play is many things all at the same time, but mainly a full meal of a theatrical experience that has a depth that only an ensemble group like Axis can bring to i...
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June 21st, 2019
"Axis Theatre, the bold standard of boundary-breaking Off-Broadway theatre, once again serves up a powder keg banquet of characters...The script, direction, design, and actors elevate it to something as raw as it is wistful, wrapped in humor and drama...This is not a neat and tidy play with its c...
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