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Lone Star (13th Street Repertory Theater)

From 21 member  reviews
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.  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.

Member Reviews (21)


Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever, Quirky, Confusing
Avg Score

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.

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.

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!!

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.

Also Mary Brienza satirical view of country music through "The Chalks" is a... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Skip seeing it.

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

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.

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.

Chalks are entertaining, Most uncomfortable venue in nyc, Couldn't make it to the actual play

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

Also I have to remember to NEVER go to this theater space again - is truly ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Your into small off broadway productions in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You need broadway production quality. It’s a funny sometimes hokey musical.

Confusing, Cliched, Delightful, Clever

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.

Also I thought the Chalks were good, but agree with everybody that the rela... Read more Read less

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.

Confusing, Disjointed, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

Weak script, Mediocre acting, Great music

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.

Also I took the average of the two acts (Chalks & Lone Star) to come to a s... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Long, Entertaining

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.

Intense, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining

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.

Excruciating, Great singing, Banal, Slow, Disappointing

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.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like stories about Texas and some really good country western singing.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of lowbrow humor.

Also Leenya Rideout has a beautiful voice. Her singing and the director's g... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great singing, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

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 you like melodrama

Don't see it if You like a show that builds to a climax.

Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

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.

Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If You Love stories about Texas and a great and a Great singing Group

Don't see it if Don’t see if you don’t like Texas Music and country Music

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 da...
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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 t...
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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 s...
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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...
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