Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre presents an evening of two plays by Sam Hunter ("The Whale"), written to be in conversation with one another, now performed on a double bill for the first time. More…
At a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a big box store in Clarkston, Washington, two modern day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark struggle to find a way forward in a world where there is nothing left to discover.
See it if 20 y.o.'s go on a treacherous emotional journey in harsh Idaho, seeking their identity and a viable future. Intense multilayered drama.
Don't see it if You are not up for an intimate confrontational experience with suffering characters. 3+ hrs in uncomfortable seats.
See it if Hunter's masterful diptych of small town rural life in western Idaho (his regional muse) Haunting & evocative w/mythic overtones Superb cast
Don't see it if Rattlestick's 'conceptual' union of the two works is a bit clunky but can't harm empathic, Chekhovian quality of dramas Long but rewarding
See it if you would like to see 2 heartfelt plays from an important young voice in the theater, beautifully played by 6 actors who give their all.
Don't see it if the prospect of sitting through 2 full-length plays, separated by a half-hour dinner break, is daunting to you.
See it if 1st play beautiful rumination about how hard it is 2 return to rural roots, 2nd harrowing study of rural dysfunction; fine acting
Don't see it if you expect 2 see plays focusing on Lewis & Clark & their trip, rather than riffs on the trip; in slim 1st play key problems left unresolved
See it if Incredible acting -- riveting. So personal and intense. Both plays were engrossing and v. emotional.
Don't see it if You don't like sitting in a theater for a long time. Seeing both plays in one sitting is long. I'd actually rather have seen them separately
See it if Ancestors of Lewis & Clark Expedition confront their alienation as did their forebearers in the America they cite for their malaise. Spartan
Don't see it if Chekov meets Dogma 95 film-style. At 3.5hrs. plot & character had better be developed, & they aren't. Folding chairs & bad grub aren't cool.
See it if you want to see an intimate production of a pair of plays by a fine American playwright. The actors are almost close enough to touch.
Don't see it if sitting on a folding chair for almost four hours would be a problem or if you like upbeat stories with clear narrative arcs.
See it if You want to see two completely different plays in one night by the same author. Both are brilliant
Don't see it if You can’t dedicate over 3 1/2 hours They take the time in between both plays to serve food which leads to an almost 40 minute Intermission
See it if you like naturalistic dialogue, middle America confronting coastal elitism, seeing how enabling takes many forms. Great casts.
Don't see it if 3.5 hrs of white fragility. 2 scripts pointedly wave off race bc struggles of the beneficiaries of the American legacy are more interesting.
See it if Honest treatment dealing with disappointment - in plans, in dreams, in belief structure - for young individuals & perhaps for America.
Don't see it if Lewiston is a bit hollow, although Connor character is compelling. Clarkston’s tension, with excellent performances, is palpable.
See it if you enjoy emotionally powerful stories with characters that feel realistic and multi-layered and not perfect, with superb directing.
Don't see it if You need a full-blown production. The set is minimal and folding chairs are used. Otherwise, do not miss this!
See it if You want 2 shows that complement/pair/exist in the same world but aren't necessarily a unit. You enjoy naturalism + minimalism
Don't see it if You need supportive/comfortable seating (the "stools" have a back but are uncomfortable plastic chairs). You cannot eat quickly.
See it if You want a unique evening of theater: Two thought provoking plays in an intimate setting with a communal meal in between.
Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to let the plays slowly unfold.
See it if enjoy drama, well-acted that is both personal (family drama) and public (related to what's happening today)
Don't see it if want big loud shows. This is very intimate.
See it if You want to see two beautifully written plays that compliment one another performed by a perfect cast.
Don't see it if You don't like text heavy, emotionally resonant & serious plays.
See it if You enjoy contemporary themes & serious drama or if you enjoy exploring the pursuit of happiness in shopping malls and park lots
Don't see it if You want something light or if you are biased against gay men
See it if You want to see a pairing of tender, moving, beautiful plays performed by two exquisite casts. Lovely and intimate.
Don't see it if You don’t have patience for quiet plays that reveal themselves slowly. Or if you expect high production values. Very pared down.
See it if you appreciate beautiful stories told very simply, and acted with perfect ensembles.
Don't see it if you need big, flashy productions. These shows are small and intimate with minimal sets.
See it if you want to enjoy two weighty, thought-provoking plays, separated by a communal dining experience.
Don't see it if you can't invest the full 3 1/2 hours, logistically or psychologically.
See it if You want to see a two-plays-at once set of plays about modern life and the impact of 'legacy'. They are over 3 1/2 hours.
Don't see it if You want a meaningful, insightful experience. Acting was good - don't quite understand the high reviews.
See it if you are a Samuel Hunter fan (I am) or you're interested in the lives of residents in small towns in Idaho and Washington.
Don't see it if Sitting through two 90-minute shows with a 30 minute break for dinner will be a challenge. Both plays could have stood on the own.
See it if You like intimate character dramas. Small on plot but big on people and emotions.
Don't see it if You like large sprawling theatre and are uncomfortable being so close to the action.
See it if Very intimate theater experience. Acting was superb. Interesting themes of grand and personal exploration in both pieces tied together well
Don't see it if It’s a long night and requires sustained focus.