Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star
Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, a comic double-bill by James McClure, directed by Jordana Lawrence, gives a side-splitting snapshot of life in Maynard, Texas in 1974. You could call it two plays for the price of one and not be too far off the mark, or call it a love story in two parts and you might be even closer. These tales of husbands, wives, war, love and honor are both hysterically funny and surprisingly relevant. The production will run March 7th to March 16th.. Opening night is Friday, March 7th.
Laundry and Bourbon brings us to a front porch, on a hot summer afternoon where Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee, fold laundry, drink bourbon and coke, gossip, and exchange insults while awaiting the return of the waywardRoy, who is introduced in the next Second Act- in Lone Star. There's plenty to laugh about, and much to contemplate in this short work. The New York Post said about the original production: "McClure's strongest suit is dialogue salty, comic banter that derives from colorful indigenous characters."
Lone Star is a hilarious study of a pair of Texas "good ole boys" on a Saturday night spree that introduced James McClure, an exciting playwright of major potential. Lone Star refers to the beer that Roy, a returning Viet Nam vet, and his younger brother Ray, drink every night in the back of Angel's bar. Roy loves three things: this country, his beautiful wife Elizabeth, and his 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible not necessarily in that order. With the arrival of Cletis, the foolish, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse but, despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began. Both plays address the issues of war damage and resistance to change with a lightly satiric touch.
Director Jordana Lawrence notes that the audience will experience mixed emotions, "I love the fact that on the surface these plays look like a comedy, but in reality there is a much more serious tone to them." The Chicago Reader says, " Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star are amusing slices of Texas life that...shine light on the many levels of friendship and the sorrows that people keep hidden from their close friends and, if possible, themselves."
The casts include: Laundry & Bourbon's Chloe Clements, Erika Leachman, and Karen Urrutia , and Lone Star's Carter Hampton, Donal Ross , and Justin Stark. Performances are Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. Friday and Saturdays at 7:00pm and on Sundays at 2:00pm. Ticket prices are $15 general admission and $12 for Seniors and Students. Tickets may also be purchased online, at Curious Cup Bookstore (5285 Carpinteria Ave) or at the theater box office one hour prior to curtain.
Plaza Playhouse Theater (View)
4916 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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