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Mesquite, NV

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining
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Members
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34 reviews
 

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

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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.

 


Reviews (36)

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73
Avg Score

80
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

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TheaterScene.net

“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

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77
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched, Handily done

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.

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, 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

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Uneven tone

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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

80
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, 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

81
Clever, Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Great directing, props and sound

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.

93
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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

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

79
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Stylized, Fine acting

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.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

89
Insightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Timely

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.

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Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating

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.

79
A little long, Funny, Edgy, Exposition heavy

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

50
Unnecessary

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.

Also To me this play had the feeling of a junior high school history class ... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever

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.

75
Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

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

74
Script has potential, Leisurely paced, Energy levels vary, Is it funny or serious or both?, Currently, humor is not laugh inducing

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

90
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Tragic

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.

72
Funny, Quirky, Curious

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.

75
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Imaginative staging/props

See it if you'd like to see a tragic event played out in an interesting way.

Don't see it if you think it's uncouth to poke fun at people involved in a tragedy.

Also while i thought this show was good, and i especially liked their inven... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great directing & staging

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

82
Funny, Clever, Profound, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

95
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

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

50
Funny, Quirky

See it if You have a friend in the cast. You want to see something VEEP-like.

Don't see it if You want effective scenic design (would’ve been better off as a staged reading) You want something way above community theatre

90
Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

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

95
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

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.