Already closed | 3h 30m | West Village


From 63 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant

About the show

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.

3h 30m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (63)


Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant
Avg Score

Epic, Intense, Moving, Masterful, Intimate

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

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

Ambitious, Affecting, Wrenching, Beautifully played, A long night

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.

Also I’m glad I saw both plays that make up the full evening “LEWISTON/CLAR... Read more Read less

Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

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.

Also Having broken bread together does achieve desired effect. Griffin appe... Read more Read less

Two marvelous plays show how much the territories visited by lewis & clark & america have changed over 200 yrs, not for the better; what a treat to see in intimate rattlestick space

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

Also There are certain similarities between the two plays which deal w dama... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Unique & intimate theater experience, Intense, Great writing

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

Also I really was amazed by the writing and acting in each play. All the ac... Read more Read less

Absolutely brilliant putting both of these plays together

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

Also I scored the first play Lewiston a 79. In the second play Clarkson an ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Slow, Intimate

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.

Also It's a very long evening. Given a choice, I would have skipped Lewisto... Read more Read less

Great acting, Overrated

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.

Also Lewiston: 3 superb actors but weaker play. Aims to make Alice’s choice... Read more Read less

Heartbreaking, Great writing, Two related but separate plays, Clever staging

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.

Emotional, Great acting, Great writing, Engrossing

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!

Also This was such a unique (in a good way) experience! You watch Lewiston,... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

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.

Also The plays are connected in theme and work beautifully together. All th... Read more Read less

Touching, Great acting, Unpredictable, Worthwhile experience

See it if You like dramas where there is a strong relationship between the setting and the action.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about family dysfunction.

Also I thought Clarkston was the stronger play, with characters who felt mo... Read more Read less

Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

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.

Also Samuel D. Hunter is one of my favorite playwrights, and he is at the t... Read more Read less

Masterful, Samuel hunter continues to prove he is a great writer, Superb acting and direction

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

Also Samuel Hunter continues to explore the isolation and alienation of mod... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

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.

Cliched, Overrated, Slow

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 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.

Also Like most here, I agree, the second play is the richer more satisfying... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

Also I wish the plays could be rated separately. I thought Clarkston was a ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

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.

Also Sam Hunter hits another one out of the park. These two shows are near-... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

Also To perform them together, I think that the plays could have been short... Read more Read less

Relevant, Masterful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if a memorable and profound theatre experiment

Don't see it if ...

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

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.

Also Critical opinions seem to favor Clarkston but I found Lewiston to be t... Read more Read less

October 25th, 2018
"McCallum’s beautifully calibrated staging is so intimate it seems to implicate you in its themes...Intimacy compensates to some degree for a slightly abstract quality in ‘Lewiston’...’Clarkston’ is the richer drama, with themes that are more tightly bound to characters and a plot both surprising...
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October 26th, 2018
"Hunter’s smart, sad, inquisitive plays rest somewhere between Jake’s tentative sense of wonder, Alice’s wry weariness, and Chris’s flat skepticism...They need one another — 'Lewiston' especially needs 'Clarkston,' which is tightly crafted, tender, and at times devastating, while its preceding pl...
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October 25th, 2018
“Theater rarely gets more physically and emotionally intimate...‘Lewiston/Clarkston’ is chamber theater of the most deeply moving kind...‘Lewiston’ benefits greatly from the excellent performances...’Clarkston’ deftly works in elements related to Lewis and Clark with discussions about the explore...
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October 25th, 2018
"For the daring theatrical explorers among us, 'Lewiston/Clarkston,' directed by Davis McCallum, is obviously a must-see. Marathon evenings like this aren't a frequent occurrence...The actors are practically on top of us, but not in a confrontational way...The introspective silences often speak l...
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