"Playwright Leegrid Stevens interviewed actual people in Mesquite, NV. The dialogue is lengthy, with layers of understanding within each scene. If it was a 'real-ness' he was searching for, he has succeeded. Director Thomas Coté makes moments of realization honest and clear. He also keeps the production clipping along at a great pace. Though it was 'showy,' in a traditional musical theater way, the plays never loses its truth." Full Review
“As for the second act, Stevens strains for a profundity that he's not prepared to deliver, and Coté seems a little lost as he struggles to help the actors find it, too. Only Alex Dmitriev, as a befuddled councilman whom the mayor tries to make her patsy by entrapping him with his own decency, understands the notes Stevens wants to play. Perhaps because he's the only one not trying to bring a caricature to life.” Full Review
See it if you are entertained by political machinations where the personal is political and visa versa. The hard working cast does a good job.
Don't see it if you are expecting snappy dialogue or great insights.
See it if it ever is brought back as tonight was the final show of this run
Don't see it if a story based on a true event in a small Nevada town involving politics would not interest you
See it if You’re interested in politics, appreciate good roles for older actors, or want to support thoughtful theater by small companies.
Don't see it if You are burned out on our disastrous political situation now.
See it if You want a look at how effed up politics are, thru the microcosm of a local election; you're intrigued by the Faustian bargains leaders make
Don't see it if Your irritation at stupid devices (ie. breaking the 4th wall to remind you "this is a play") would supersede your enjoyment of a good play
See it if You are interested in a very well-done political story. Clever staging keeps interest high. Terrific writing with believable characters.
Don't see it if You want something light and funny - there are many laughs in this production but the overall message is sobering.
See it if you enjoy seeing a stylized well acted microcosm of politics, culture, human motivations and frailty in our society.
Don't see it if favor realism, optimism and dislike farce and criticism of aspects of our culture.
See it if you are interested in seeing a good production showing how politics works on the local level,. The play has a powerful message.
Don't see it if you're not interested in local politics and want to see light entertainment.
See it if You want to see a show handle some potentially hot topics with a good natured approach that makes it easy to see how easy it can go bad.
Don't see it if You don’t like shows that take a bit of a quirky approach.
See it if You are related to or are friends with someone in the cast. Or you don't mind constant moving chairs and sets and silly sound effects.
Don't see it if You have something better to do. Boring and confusing. Very amateurish and not enjoyable at all.
See it if you enjoy true events depicted with a dark comedic bent, and can laugh at murder/suicide.
Don't see it if you're put off by very dialogue heavy shows and a pretty depressing story.
See it if You'd find it interesting to read a local newspaper from a random small town. This is just the facts with some silly staging gimmicks.
Don't see it if Not sure why the playwright thought this would make good theater. Read the CNN story instead. Even that is not exactly riveting.
See it if Based on a true story, this is tragic-comic farcical storytelling that delves into the cruelty and petty nature of small town politics.
Don't see it if you don't like spare, low-budget productions or hate politics, but I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging the show was over 2 hours.
See it if excellent acting by a veteran cast; interesting, well told story about small town politics
Don't see it if you want a comedy; while there were a few funny moments, it's a rather serious story
See it if look at local politics as metaphor for everything else, almost ensemble piece, colorful staging, some engaging actors are to your liking
Don't see it if you are sleepy, want livelier storytelling, cannot recognize metaphor, want "actual events" to translate 2 engaging theatre, prefer musicals
See it if Seemingly trivial politics in a small town become tragic. Speaks to our wider troubles as a nation. Excellent characters.
Don't see it if You want a fancier production. You don't enjoy satire. You are not interested in how things can go bad for normal but flawed people.
See it if want to see a re-telling of small town happenings in a very straight-forward manner. I thought it would be more emotional (e.g. funny, sad)
Don't see it if you want an interesting story. This felt like a transcript being read aloud. I was expecting more.
See it if U appreciate a well crafted script about politics that is enhanced by great Directing & creative staging A talented cast brings it to life.
Don't see it if U dislike subject of politics. U prefer straight drama; this has humor galore. U prefer Bway sets; this is low budget but so creative.
See it if Leegrid Stevens, the writer, brought recent national politics to the local level with this insightful, clever and dark humorous play.
Don't see it if During preview, I find the cast rather uneven. The drama needs to be darker so that humor can come through. The pace is too slow.
See it if You like political plays that take a deep look at all sides of a serious situation. Also very clever set designs and staging
Don't see it if You like plays that have uplifting stories and full sets
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