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Frank Manley and Vincent Murphy's "The Cockfighter" presents a dilemma: how does one deal with the inevitable sadness of the world? In the words of one of their characters: "How can a man lose and lose, over and over and over again, until he has nothing left -- and still have more to lose?" The West End Players have staged the local premiere of this play, and it left me pondering my own answers as I left.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 21:58

Not very sweet Mr. Marmalade

Lucy is four years old. Her divorced mother works as a waitress. Lucy spends a lot of time alone.

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"Off the Map" is not an easy play to do. It has something a little Chekhovian about it. A family, a friend, an unexpected visitor, isolated, with troubles personal, financial, even, suddenly, erotic.

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Sunday, 06 April 2014 22:11

Come On, Get Happy!: ‘Rx’

If there were a pill you could take to make you love your job, would you use it? If you are as miserable as Meena Pierotti (Laura Singleton), a frustrated poet with an MFA wasting her life editing a livestock magazine, you might.

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Monday, 17 February 2014 18:20

Winners? Losers?

Playwright Brian Friel, best known for "Dancing at Lughnasa," wrote "Lovers" fairly early in his career. It's now being produced by West End Players Guild under Jan Meyer's sure-handed direction.

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"Thou shalt not kill," the Commandment says. But what if you DO kill a whole lot of people and rather than officials arguing over the choice of "death drugs" you'll receive—oops, wait, that's a state of Missouri thing—you get a medal for your actions?

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"The Hothouse" is a dark, sinister play with plenty of laughs to go around - classic early Pinter and very well done.

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Lonesome Hollow is a small town in a natural bowl shaped by the hills around it. It seems peaceful here in a time identified as “soon-ish.” The residents have no particular duties that we can ascertain. Meals and housing are provided, as you would expect, for Lonesome Hollow is a prison.

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Saturday, 06 April 2013 15:53

Magnum 'Opus'

For the last few years, smaller theatre companies seem to be in flux, coming and going, starting and stopping, or just in limbo for a while. But that’s not the case with West End Players Guild.

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Monday, 12 November 2012 23:01

The ties that bind

A lot of terrific acting happens in English playwright Chloe Moss's This Wide Night on the West End Players Guild's stage in the Union Avenue Christian Church. Things can get pretty intense in the 90 minutes or so of this two-character play.

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