New York | 2h 0m | Already closed

Mesquite, NV

From 2 critic and 34 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

About the show

The Workshop Theater presents a new play based on actual events about a contentious mayoral race in the retirement community of Mesquite, Nevada. More…

The election turns nasty as accusations of illegal activity surrounding a $90 travel voucher are leaked to the local press. The accusations quickly divide the town and lead to a complete political upheaval in this dark comedy about power and politics in the USA.

Theater Pizzazz

"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

Great directing & staging, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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.

Also Leegrid Stevens wrote an exceptionally intelligent script exploring Am... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like seamless, intelligent hilarity in a clever and very well-directed production.

Don't see it if you want your true stories unadulterated with creativity and levity.

Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if This play stands out as one of the best things I've seen to combine clever, smart comedy and real drama -- laughed a lot and packs a punch.

Don't see it if If you don't like political wit maybe it won't be for you but it's so much more. Really surprising, well done, fun, relevant and memorable.

Resonant, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if What a play! Had the audience laughing so hard and then silently riveted. Many layers: dramatic and fun! Political comedy/drama at its best.

Don't see it if If you want a simple story, this has unexpected and surprising turns that keep adding to the plot, but masterfully done and well worth it

Also They had a talkback with the writer when I was there and it was fascin... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like a true story told in an entertaining manner that’s funny yet poinant.

Don't see it if You don’t like a political story that’s not a pure dramatic retailing.

Political humor, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you're like me and love plays that poke fun at the system, but address some serious topics, too. Funny and solid. Set and props are clever!

Don't see it if You don't like politics. It's a fun quirky look at how people abuse power at every level.

Also It's got a pretty small budget but they use it well. And it's a true s... Read more Read less

Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

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

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Clever

See it if you appreciate documentaries, or love true stories.

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets and costumes.

Tragic, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny, Relevant

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.

Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy new plays that have a talented cast that handles the quick paced dialogue very well

Don't see it if Need big productions and don’t enjoy political humor

Relevant, Intelligent, Timely, Quirky, Insightful

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.

Funny, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like plays based on true events that have relevance today

Don't see it if You are expecting a light comedy although it does start that way

Also A dark comedy with a very unexpected twist. Takes place in a small tow... Read more Read less

Profound, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Great directing, props and sound, Relevant, Great writing, Intense, Clever

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.

Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy independent theater making Great use of low budget set. Great acting to drawing you into real sm town dynamics and politics

Don't see it if You enjoy big stage productions w/a flashy set, etc. If ur disturbed at all w/violence or not interested in how the political machine

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Ambitious, Entertaining

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

Also It was a nice play performed quite nicely by the 9 actors on a small s... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Uneven tone, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Refreshing to see a story about older people, many behaving badly. You... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if for a depiction of political maneuvers in a small town

Don't see it if you'd like to take a break from political subjects

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

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.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like to see tru to life politics in action.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Fine acting, Relevant, Stylized

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.

Exposition heavy, A little long, Edgy, Funny

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.

Also It's kind of horrifying that the Vegas shooter lived in this same smal... Read more Read less

Strong ensemble, Well written, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if interested in politics and real life (I've been there); OK with breach of 4th wall. Good rendering of the underside of political culture.

Don't see it if If politics doesn't interest you, then even the solid ensemble and writing probably won't hold you.