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Sunday, 04 October 2015 14:30

Fur flies in 'Venus in Fur'

The set-up is simple. Thomas, a theater director, has been holding auditions for the play he's written. He's on the phone complaining about the women who've read for the lead female role — not good, not smart.

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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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