Small Engine Repair: World Premiere of Darkly Comic Thriller from Rogue Machine
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Written by Tony-winning Irish playwright Enda Walsh (Once), Penelope is a blackly comic re-imagining of the story of Odysseus' wife. In The Odyssey, Penelope, the faithful wife of Odysseus, patiently awaited the return of her husband as suitors sought to marry her behind his back. In Walsh's clever and eloquent riff, brought to life in Rogue Machine Theatre's magnificently decrepit production, the suitors are clad in Speedos and camping out in an empty swimming pool under a scorching sun. Locked in a do-or-die competition for Penelope's hand, they'll do anything to win the prize and cheat death. First grabbing audiences with Disco Pigs, Walsh has gone on to win numerous awards, including an Obie and four Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, and wrote the screenplay for the Michael Fassbender film Hunger, which won the Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Learn More
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Really excellent show. Extremely funny and hard-hitting. The acting is strong and intimate; the dialogue is witty and intelligent. The whole play is just over an hour, but the power of its content stuck with me. One of the best theatrical experiences I've had...
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Strong performances by all 4 actors. Jon Bernthal excellent as a New Joy-zey type mook. Nice comedic moments that had strong laughter from all in the audience - unusual for this play written as a drama. The laughter wouldn't have happened...continued
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“John Pollono’s one-act play packs a powerful punch…grip(s) the viewer with a storyline that is both shocking and sobering” —LA Weekly
“Small Engine Repair is so exceptionally engrossing, entertaining, funny, and true-to-life that it is easy to forget that you are watching a play.…Under the impeccable direction of Andrew Block, Small Engine Repair brims with well-rounded, natural intuitiveness and discerning production choices, while Pollono’s script has a unique theatrical voice saturated with refreshing authenticity.” —LAist
Welcome to Frank’s Small Engine Repair Shop: Manch-Vegas, New Hampshire, where men behave badly and deep secrets are revealed. It’s a gritty, candid and darkly comic thriller exploring loyalty, alienation and social networking. It’s an alcohol-soaked, bro-mantic thriller.