Boomerang Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this drama about four young people struggling with loss and uncertainty in their stifling hometown. More…
It's 2008 in small town USA, and there is nothing Norman Rockwell about it. Simon's returned home after two tours in Iraq to find his alcoholic mother dead by suicide and his younger brother, Terry, strangely obsessed with an early-90s video game about ancient Sparta. Between Terry and his truck stop co-worker Lisa, and Flynn, their mother's co-dependent former drug dealer, Simon's dream of peace and quiet quickly evaporates.
See it if you are interested in issues faced by military veterans, drug users, fractured families; fine ensemble acting in an intimate space.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in the above; don't enjoy intimate productions with limited space and scenery,
See it if You want to see some important topics (PTSD, suicide, drugs) portrayed by a very good cast in a well staged production.
Don't see it if You want fluff or a plot without some improbable choices.
See it if you want to explore the psycho-social interface of PTSD, self-medication/drug addiction and surrender to loss of control over your life
Don't see it if you cannot tolerate emotional discomfort from violent language, actions and themes, and graphic display of drug abuse and low self esteem
See it if If solid acting and depiction of three dysfunctional families holds your interest.
Don't see it if You need an explanation for the dysfunction and you don't think "new" life is a solution to problems.
See it if you like plays that are intense but at the same time can make you laugh.
Don't see it if you are not comfortable letting your emotions take over
See it if you're interested in topics such as PTSD, drugs, suicide, dysfunctional families. You enjoy intense dramas with a few funny moments
Don't see it if you don't enjoy realistic intense drama with violence, screaming and cursing. You don't enjoy a close-up intimate setting in a small theater
See it if Like well acted ( very) intense dramas.
Don't see it if Looking for light night out.Warning: deals with difficult issues of drug addictions, post stress disorder and general inability to function
See it if You like shows that deals with depression, drug use, and veterans. Can be hilarious and sad at the same time.
Don't see it if You want light entertainments. There are several depressing & scary moments during the show.
See it if You're interested in how multiple mental health conditions can affect different types of people. You don't judge drug users.
Don't see it if You want a large scale production and tight script. You prefer lighter plays and don't like dark comedy.
See it if you like family dramas that are realistic, but a little off-center.
Don't see it if you can't laugh in the face of dark topics (like suicide, drug abuse, death). You need everything to end happily, this is open-ended.
See it if you want to sit through 2 hours of angst with some funny, sincere moments eclipsed by a lot of unnecessary panting and shouting
Don't see it if plays where nothing happens (neither plot-wise nor character-growth wise) don't appeal, nor do plays with potential that still need work.
See it if Nicely played story that we've seen before, perhaps. Sincere vigorous acting. Warm tense drama of people struggling. Creative touches.
Don't see it if Somewhat uncomfortable chairs would be hurting your back a bit.
See it if See flesh and blood characters portrayed with heart by talented cast; deep exploration of despair faced by drug seekers and their community
Don't see it if You want light entertainment; unfiltered realism or flawed characters (i.e., people with weaknesses) is not your thing; at times loud noises
See it if You want to see real, flawed characters trying to take control of the dark comedy that is modern life.
Don't see it if You are not open to probing the pyche of soldiers and are inhibited when talking about death and funerals.
See it if you want to support a small theater company with talented actors! I took a grumbling 16 year old and she changed her mind by the end. :)
Don't see it if off Broadway is not your thing. If you are expecting a glitzy theater experience.
See it if I don't think I could recommend this play to anyone in its current state.
Don't see it if The experience is like watching an acting class at the early stages of working on a play. Work that would be thrown out for better choices.