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Strange Country

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Resonant

About the show

New Light Theater Project presents a new family drama set over a hot Fourth of July weekend in Bell County, Texas. More…

Tiffany has been there for brother Darryl every step of the way since his release from the psych ward. But when she brings her girlfriend Jamie home for the weekend, Tiffany finds herself in a fight she didn’t see coming. With the fireworks of family and pride and independence at stake, 'Strange Country' plunges into the thick of the Texas heat and how far we are willing to go to win. Anne Adams' play is the inaugural recipient of NLTP's 'New Light New Voices - 2016.'

Member Reviews (51)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Resonant
Avg Score

Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Powerful, Must see

See it if The best off/off-off of the summer. Riveting. Realistic characters & behaviors . Roundabout needs to grab this one quick. Needs no changes

Don't see it if Issues of untreated addiction & mental weakness disturb you or hit too close to home. This is powerful/uncomfortable but also funny.

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Realistic, Resonant

See it if Family drama that blends drama/comedy effortlessly. 100% Engaged start to finish. Dialog & characters incredibly realistic. Top Notch cast!

Don't see it if Can't give this show enough praise! Excellent on all levels and ready for a larger venue! Go see this production!

Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You've ever had to deal with addiction on any level, in any way, yourself or with someone you love. If you haven't... OK, but, you're lying.

Don't see it if you don't like little dark stories that make you look at the scary parts inside.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if Complicated characters... And strong performances.

Don't see it if Dark themes. Stories of addiction.

Entertaining, Original, Edgy, Intense, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy being immersed in a dark comedy with unbalanced characters full of surprises.

Don't see it if You're not willing to suspend disbelief and go with it. There are some imperfections but it's creative and funny.

Great acting, Clever, Original, Resonant

See it if you want to see some fine theater in an intimate setting. "Do our problems relate to others?}

Don't see it if It is a 4 story walk up but if you do not wait for the last minute, .. phone the company and you can get the elevator sent down on White St.


See it if Good acting (a bit rough around the edges), raw/edgy plot, many twists & turns, holds your interest for 95 minutes

Don't see it if You're offended by alcoholism or sexual situations.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Edgy

See it if You understand how addiction complicates family dynamics and every happy occasion turns into a confrontation; Then add in a third party..

Don't see it if Vulgar language and extreme consumption of alcohol upsets you. You cannot face watching the effects of addiction on a family

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you like dysfunctional family drama with a capital D: engaging characters; themes including alcoholism, mental illness, and codependency

Don't see it if you can't deal with heavy themes, foul language and dysfunctional relationships. You like light hearted comedy and musicals.

Depressing, Why?, Be ready for 4 flights of stairs, Lousy a/c, Great acting

See it if you enjoy family dramas where all are miserable & unlikable & there's absolutely no redemption, and you don't mind uncomfy seats & bad a/c.

Don't see it if you want to be inspired or uplifted, you're seeking a message or you have a problem climbing stairs. The set was uncomfortably realistic.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You like an exploration of dysfunctional characters. You enjoy finding new great theater

Don't see it if You expect a tidy resolution. You object to untidy characters and their language.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to hear the voice of a new playwright with a lot to say. Well acted and directed. Bravo!

Don't see it if you are looking for something light.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy drama about interpersonal relationships, or if you are close to someone with a substance abuse problem.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about damaged people with unhappy lives.


See it if You enjoy small stories with lots of emotion and truly 3 dimensional characters.

Don't see it if Some of the Texan talk was a bit corny but the actors did a great job with accent and inhabiting their characters well.

Absorbing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that have characters with emotional problems.

Don't see it if You want to see a light-hearted play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Intense, Must see

See it if You want to see serious play, this show was fabulous!

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a show about dysfunctional families

Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense, Some great acting, Relevant

See it if You can deal with issues of addiction and dependency, You like intense drama & can relate to highs and lows - and handle painful exchanges

Don't see it if You are looking for something fun or happy

Also Sidney Williams was FANTASTIC

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if want to experience a darkly humorous dysfunctional family drama that's a little different

Don't see it if tired of low-class dysfunctional families

Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You liked "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". Realistic set and lighting..It appeared like the end would disappoint, but boy was I wrong.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a really nice dark drama. If you want to miss a fine performance by Sid Williams, watch the summer Olympics on TV.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, So much talent off off broadway

See it if You enjoy watching a great acting ensemble in a fast paced family drama.

Don't see it if You are offended by talk of alcoholism, mental health issues and family drama.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you appreciate complicated, messy characters.

Don't see it if climbing four floors to a theater with bad air conditioning is a turn-off.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy watching characters explore deep relatable family issues. Clever dialogue and biting humor throughout.

Don't see it if Don't like your theatre to explore realistic or dark topics.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if This is a riveting drama of family and relationship drama. It's filled with troubled characters dynamically played by all three leads

Don't see it if Intensity and off balanced characters don't appeal to you or if shows like the Humans and August Osage County don't appeal to you.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you want to see some great acting and enjoy dysfunctional family dramas.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. Get there early enough to take the elevator up and avoid a long 4 flight walk up to the theater

Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if u seek an uncomfortably humorous at times examination of (co-)dependency, grief, isolation, addiction & (illusory) solace. Shepard-esque.

Don't see it if you could not empathize with characters in the depths of despondency trying (unsuccessfully) to eke their way back through human connection.

July 26th, 2016
"Anne Adams’ emotionally raw, earthy and often very funny contemporary dysfunctional family drama. This entertaining piece of Americana has the humanity of Lanford Wilson, the quirkiness of Beth Henley and the unruliness of Sam Shepard…In 90 well–crafted minutes, Ms. Adams affectionately renders ...
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July 25th, 2016
“Taut dialogue, more than a few one-line zingers, and unpredictable twists keep this from being a run-of-the-mill play about family dysfunction. What’s more, the chemistry between the three characters is pitch-perfect. Even more striking, Jay Stull’s direction takes full advantage of the actor’s ...
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August 2nd, 2016
"The play challenges every first impression that it gives us...The play doesn’t have a large amount of plot, preferring character development over plot development. The trio of actors take us through these transformations beautifully...The play itself creates slight issues when it comes to its ch...
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July 31st, 2016
"Well written, well directed and well acted, but seriously who wants to sit through this?...Adams has created three complex characters but we don’t really like any of them...Stull’s direction keeps us interested and he makes us believe this tale of woe...Adams' writing is natural, though who real...
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