Terrence McNally's late 1960s-set drama portrays the life and attitude of one Tommy Flowers—irrepressible cut-up, determined freeloader, and disenchanted rebel against society. More…
In the course of his adventures, Tommy befriends a destitute old actor, acquires an oversized sheep dog (his best friend), and finds love with a beautiful music student (whom he meets in the ladies' room at Bloomingdale's). But as Tommy moves from scene to scene, his bright red shopping bag at the ready for pilfering and his agile wit poised to hoodwink everyone in sight, we also glimpse the root causes of his alienation—his ailing, complaining mother back home, an unhappily married brother, a former girlfriend who has settled for a suffocating domesticity, and a venturing forth that has brought more rejection than acceptance. In the end, betrayed yet again, but still buoyantly defiant, Tommy devises his final rip-off—a bomb to blow him, and at least some small portion of a world he cannot accept, into oblivion.
See it if You like Terrence McNally’s writing. This is a decent production. It’s especially interesting seeing it through today’s political lens.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a show with a lot of action or even plot. This just sort of meanders along without ever making a clear point.
See it if desire to see David Gow b4 he's famous, want entertaining enuf early McNally, intimate staging, committed cast, arc of tragic dimension r 4u
Don't see it if period pieces, sociopathic behavior, being up close & personal, Terrence McNally, don't appeal to you
See it if you want to see an early Terrence McNally play. Very good acting by David Gow (who also produced), Emma Geer & Daniel O'Shea.
Don't see it if you expect vintage McNally. Some good writing in early scenes but goes on too long and is quite dated. Disappointing.
See it if U want to catch classic McNally done v nicely. The lead carried show w/so much charm & energy, u can't help but cheer him on-no matter what!
Don't see it if Play is dated (times & thinking seem far ago), & the lead's life principles may irk some. However, this is a well done small scale revival ~
See it if You want see a great ensemble work together on a work that is surprisingly relevant to the present moment.
Don't see it if The play is very much of 1971 and trades in certain counter-culture assumptions. If that era doesn’t appeal to you, then this won’t grab you
See it if your ears are open to yesterday's youthful rebellion echoing crazily into the present (with a killer James Dean impression).
Don't see it if you get scared when the actors talk to the audience (and some audience members unexpectedly talk back).
See it if See it if you are a fan of Terrance McNally or David Gow. Excellent performance by Gow.
Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a 2.5 hour slow moving play.
See it if ....you enjoy seeing excellent acting young by aspiring actors exhibiting great talent.
Don't see it if ... you don't enjoy shows that go on for 2-1/2 hours. Two hours would have been fine.
See it if You would like to experience the counterculture of the 1960's. Terrence McNally masterfully resurrects it.
Don't see it if If you hate the the Flower Child life style.
See it if You are into spending a lovely eveni g bei g entertained. Quaint theater! Have told friends to go see it!
Don't see it if You should see it! Do not miss!