Fate, Family and Communication Take Flight in Rocket Man
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The last date listed for Rocket Man was Saturday August 24, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Get your share of some Texas-sized and truly twisted dark comedy in Killer Joe, written by acclaimed playwright Tracy Letts. This is the sordid and satirical tale of Chris, a drug dealer who decides his best chance of saving his own skin involves killing his mom for the insurance money. Other members of the Smith family see dollar signs and join Chris in hiring Killer Joe Cooper (who also happens to be a cop) to execute the contract. All hell breaks loose when this host of incompetent, back-stabbing characters twist themselves into one heck of a deep-fried, white-trash mess. Much like a train wreck, it's hard to look away from the staggering level of dysfunction and disturbing psychoses that appear on stage. Incidentally, Letts also wrote the screenplay for the 2011 film of the same name, which starred Matthew McConaughey as the title character. Learn More
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Flat Earth Theatre does it again with another stupendous show in "Rocket Man"! The acting was superb as usual. Robin Gabrielli beautifully portrays Donny, a middle-aged man who has lost his family, and arguably his grip on reality, and decides to take a trip to a parallel world. His friends, Louise (Juliet Bowler) and Buck (Scott Alan) act as comic relief and support system, and both do so splendidly, expertly and convincingly changing gears from light-hearted to serious. Meanwhile, ex-wife Rita (Korinne Ritchey) and jilted daughter, Trisha (Mariagrazia LaFauci) seem only too happy to point out the short-comings of the unhinged Donny, and become surprisingly tender amid moments of high tension and anger.
What makes these performances even more incredible is the fact that each actor plays the same character but with major personality changes in the universe of the second act, where time goes backwards, and 16 year old Trisha becomes the "sage of the house", and Buck, the elderly widower, becomes the youngster.
Along with a fabulously talented cast, the design team obviously know what they're doing, too. The set and set dressing really makes you feel like you're sitting in someone's attic, and the lighting and sound design perfectly accents the emotional roller coaster ride.
It's no real surprise - an award winning company, combined with an award winning director and an outrageously cast is the perfect recipe for a great show. Go see it - you will not regret it!
Flat Earth Theatre ventures into the final frontier this August with Rocket Man, Steven Dietz’s creative and probing account of self discovery. Tracking the lives of its characters across parallel universes, Rocket Man addresses themes of fate, family, and the ability to communicate with the ones we love.
As Donny Rowan waits patiently for the traffic lights to change, the rest of the world has passed him by; his exwife has moved on, his teenage daughter is slipping away, and even his closest friends can't seem to connect with him. Fed up with the seeming futility of life in this universe, Donny sets his sights on another: a parallel dimension where the standard laws of time and space no longer apply. So he puts his life up for sale on the front lawn, and scans the heavens from an EZ Boy recliner in the attic, preparing for a journey that will take him beyond the limits of this mundane reality.
While the mirror universe plays an essential role in addressing Donny's regrets, it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. As his friend Louise puts it: “You think in a parallel world everything is perfect? You think it all works out?” The flow of time may run contrary to our reality, but its people encounter the same problems and embody the same flaws. Director Lindsay Eagle, past Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Independent Drama Society, strengthens the connections between seemingly opposite selves by examining the implications of this alternate reality and what it means to be a version of oneself.
About the Ticket Supplier: Flat Earth Theatre, Inc.
Flat Earth Theatre is a collaborative of artists actively developing an egalitarian theatre company. Engaging both artist and audience, we create an ever-evolving theatre experience that is both accessible and distinct.