Hollywood Fringe Festival—“In the Valley of the Shadow” at Rogue Machine Theatre

The tension in Katherine Cortez’ new play, In the Valley of the Shadow, starts right at the top with an unsettling, chaotic soundscape. A young man named Rafi (Dylan Arnold) sits on a stool in a t-shirt with faded, red stains, gotten, perhaps, from careless painting or brushing up against rusted metal. Soon a policeman … Continue reading Hollywood Fringe Festival—“In the Valley of the Shadow” at Rogue Machine Theatre

“The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!” at Rogue Machine Theatre

Set in the humble living room of a lower middle class home somewhere in Texas, Deb Hiett’s new play, The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!, is a seventy-five minute wonder. A retired couple, Ernest “Erns” Eagleton (Mark L. Taylor) and his wife Mags (Bonnie Bailey-Reed), lead a cramped life bound up by grief over their … Continue reading “The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!” at Rogue Machine Theatre

“Pocatello” at Rogue Machine Theatre

Like Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing, Samuel D. Hunter’s Pocatello reveals overarching themes in an intimate family drama. Set in an Italian-styled, chain-restaurant in the Idaho town of fifty-thousand-plus citizens, two woefully unhappy families play out their understandable angst in ninety minutes of keenly acted strife. At the center of the maelstrom, Eddie (the superb … Continue reading “Pocatello” at Rogue Machine Theatre

“Luka’s Room” at Rogue Machine Theatre

“Luka’s Room,” a smashing new play in its world premiere performance at Rogue Machine Theatre, literally haunts my dreams. I roused from slumber into the twilight zone of limited consciousness several times after experiencing “Luka’s Room” as scenes replayed themselves and the salient issues of the show danced around the edges of my mind. What … Continue reading “Luka’s Room” at Rogue Machine Theatre