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. More…
The story takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird. Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits. But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
See it if You want a giggle from the Chalks - they have some talent and humor & if you are skinny enough to be able to sit comfortably in these seats
Don't see it if You are there for the play, the Chalks set is long & when it ends there is no real appeal in staying for a play with such bad reviews
See it if you like country western music, spoofs, and plays about lower class post Vietnam pathologies and problems transitioning to a next stage.
Don't see it if if you mind double bills that are tangentially related. If you can't see rural people through non-Trump lenses. Poor resolution.
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.
See it if in Act 1, you want to engage with three hilarious, honky-tonk sisters (The Chalks) who sing sassy songs. You like audience participation
Don't see it if sitting in a cramped theater for almost 3 hours is not your jam. The Chalks perform, intermission & then the actual show.
See it if you plan on going for the first hour to see the Chalks (a trio spoofing country bands). The Chalks were fun and the music was good. Score:80
Don't see it if you plan to stay for Lone Star (second act ~1.5 hours). Weak script, annoying characters, vapid dialogue. Score:38.
See it if See it if you like country western music and to listen to dialogue given by intoxicated men.
Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are looking for a honed work
See it if You like shows that have a musical performance in the first half and a more serious acting performance in the second half.
Don't see it if If you would rather see a play that is a musical straight through or one which is a straight acting performance straight through.
See it if you are prepared to leave at the intermission. Act 1 country singers were terrific (except a bit hokey when interacting with audience)
Don't see it if You want good drama. Worst play I ever saw; left before it was over. Gave 25 rating based solely on the country band; otherwise it's a 0.
See it if you don't mind sitting through a long disjointed performance that is somewhat sloppy in production.
Don't see it if you prefer off broadway that is more cohesively put together and executed with a pace that makes you not feel like time is wasted.
See it if If you enjoy cliche characters who say racist & sexist lines that are suppose to be funny but highlight how dated is this play.
Don't see it if Don't enjoy jokes about lynching, one note acting with a total lack of nuance or every texan/redneck cliche in one show.