Lone Star (13th Street Repertory Theater)
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Lone Star (13th Street Repertory Theater)
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Lone Star (13th Street Repertory Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(21 Reviews)
Positive
48%
Mixed
38%
Negative
14%
Members say
Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever, Quirky, Confusing

About the Show

This production pairs the one-act dramedy about a vet trying to reenter society after serving in Vietnam with a performance by the all female band, The Chalks, inside a Texas roadhouse saloon in 1972. 

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Member Reviews (21)

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984 Reviews | 229 Followers
76
Raunchy, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you want a backwoods play. Acting is good. Ms Rideout singing before the dhow was entertaining.

Don't see it if If you do not like this king of genre, the hillbilly type of play.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
Surprising, Resonant, Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if 1 hr country music send-up followed by unrelated 1 hr dark comedy relationship play. Both funny & heartwarming w/twists. Good characters.

Don't see it if You dislike small scale production values & lack of polish. You want a more serious experience. Includes some audience participation.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
86
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if The Chalks are highly entertaining w/audience participation (American history questions, make a tambourine on stage). Lone Star well acted.

Don't see it if Runs a bit long & I'd trim a song from The Chalks & make a slight trim to Lone Star, to get the show under 2 hours 30 minutes. Fun show!!

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
51
Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Skip seeing it.

Don't see it if Skip it and you will feel better!

404 Reviews | 104 Followers
60
Entertaining, Solid acting

See it if you get to see The Chalks perform the opening act. (ends June 9. Leena Rideout (Belva Chalk, here) should be as good next week.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a satire that fails as satire. Read more

299 Reviews | 122 Followers
51
Inconsistent, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you're a fan of Leenya Rideout. Was hoping to see the Chalks, no longer appearing. Songs of heartache, a la Parton, Wynette, Cash, et. al.

Don't see it if you're looking for a well-developed play.

263 Reviews | 67 Followers
75
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if I found this entertaining but ran way too long . the chalks performed the first act for an hour and the second act was the play itself.

Don't see it if You have trouble sitting for almost 3 hours.

275 Reviews | 61 Followers
74
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you like "small," simply staged dramas with realistic plots and all too believable characters. The acting was a bit uneven, but overall good

Don't see it if You don't like plays with lots of violence & profanity, unlikeable characters.

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatermania
June 11th, 2019

“By virtue of simply treating it as a period piece, Battista's new production...does hold a certain sociological and historical fascination. And when the text itself is performed as sensitively as it is here, it's enough to temporarily pulverize any reservations one might have about the play's dated qualities...’Lone Star’ may feel slight in the moment, but only in retrospect does the inner pathos of the material become apparent."
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BroadwayWorld
June 8th, 2019

“Feels like two separate pieces rather than one coherent and connected show...The script is the weakest point; the plot is strange when it seems to exist at all...A real conflict doesn't show up until almost the end...The characters are very two-dimensional and we're never really given a reason to care about any of them...The second act of the show seems to drag by as the play's plot feels underdeveloped. As entertaining as The Chalks are, the actual play achieves far too little.”
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TheaterScene.net
June 11th, 2019

"Roy enumerates for Ray the ugly atrocities against Vietnamese citizens that he saw during the war, in essence bragging about his capacity to endure it all. In a culture that has become increasingly sensitive about the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, there's little room now for humor surrounding such content. Perhaps, too, audiences are simply less amused than they used to be by depictions of rural Texans as dung-kicking buffoons, which is probably a good thing."
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Front Row Center
June 11th, 2019

"The play drags on and on, with no focus or direction. The actors wander, the story wanders, our minds wander. It inspires no interest in the material. Ironically, the musical send-up of our country cousins charms while the serious play insults Texans with its campy portrayal of hicks with overly emphasized twangs and complete lack of self reflection. The Lone Star state deserves better."
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