Rodeo Town

ensemble theatre · bellwether bros. theater works · Ages 18+ · United States

world premiere
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ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 22, 2013
Yes, people are talking about this excellent cast. This production is a winner!... full review
BRANDON BOCKMAN uncertified reviewer June 22, 2013
Some plays can be drawn out, have very dry moments of the performance which force you to ask yourself 'what was the point of that scene' and worst of all you find the acting to be too much or too weak for the play. The ideal remedy for those feelings would obviously be for a magical fairy to fly out of the ceiling and hand you paper money then apologizing for wasting your time. Who wouldn't want that, right?! ---Well the performance of RODEO TOWN made me feel anything but that---- With the perfect blend of humor, powerful performances and mystery, Rodeo Town is going to catch your attention and keep it! There will be moments where you feel like you might shed a tear while listing to a beautiful monologue and seconds later you are... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 17, 2013
I've seen plays from Broadway to LA...and Rodeo Town is one of the most well written and flawlessly acted dark comedies I've experienced thus far. It explores the issues of trust and tradition in a deeply moving, yet suspenseful plot. The relationship between the tortured yet loving Lonnie (Harry Beer) and the pure innocence of Kelly (Dustin Bayers)exemplifies the fraternal bond some men possess. In contrast, the arrogance of Garth (Eric Cire) and naivete of Richard (Dustin Gooch) manifests how often the more powerful manipulate others with ease. The intensity of this ensemble cast should not be missed! ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 17, 2013
A powerful, clever, and dark story addressing the nature of power. Each of the characters embodies a different and complex idea of masculinity; I laughed, smiled, and was profoundly disturbed by the brutality that men can show one another. The cast is top notch; no weak links in the chain. Scenic, costume, and lighting did wonderful work with limited resources. Definitely worth making time for!... full review
REBEKAH RONNENBERG certified reviewer June 17, 2013
Rodeo Town is a well written and directed addition to live theater. The mystery and intrigue throughout the entire play left the audience itching to figure out what would happen next. The story was easy to follow yet it held many details. No dialogue was useless. It was all absolutely integral to the play. The actors fit their roles precisely and the few props used were well utilized in each scene. Such a small theater gives the audience a chance to journey along with the "new guy in town" and feel what the characters feel in a unique way. Rodeo Town made a bold statement with its controversial brief content, however I believe this was an accurate portrayal of the depravity of the human heart. One must not approach this play with a light he... full review
RYAN PRICE certified reviewer June 16, 2013
It's been two days since I had the opportunity to see Graham Bowlin's new play RODEO TOWN and still can't shake it. When was the last time you saw something both relentlessly suspenseful and undoubtedly unique? It seems like every play, movie, book, I read these days is utterly predictable. Not Rodeo Town. There are a million ways this show can play out. To say much about the plot would be a disservice to the show. Suffice to say the meticulously structured events, sharp dialogue, and top notch acting made for an evening at the theatre I won't soon forget. In the mind of this lifelong theatre fan RODEO TOWN builds off the promise of Bowlin's last play LABORATORIES OF OUR YOUTH and announces the arrival of a bold new playwright. You... full review
COREY LYNN HOWE uncertified reviewer June 23, 2013
I enjoyed the hell out of this premise. Mysterious and intriguing the whole time. While I might have liked a little more time spent on the payoff, the suspense leading up to it held me throughout the show. Eric Cire is brilliantly menacing and still so very charming as a strong protagonist. Well done, everyone, and go see Rodeo Town!... full review
RAE Y certified reviewer June 17, 2013
"Rodeo Town" is a wonderfully entertaining original play. I came to the show without any prior knowledge on the story, but instantly felt engaged to the actors. The cast shares a natural chemistry with each other, as well as perfect comedic timing. Graham Bowlin has created an enjoyable blend of humor and darkness, a great commentary on manhood, and quite a surprising twist at the end. I smiled throughout the majority of the play, but my eyes literally bulged out of my head at the finale. I highly recommend "Rodeo Town." ... full review
COREY CHAPPELL uncertified reviewer June 18, 2013
As someone who has spent the past 8 years working in conjunction with local playwrights in an effort to help strengthen their scripts in progress, I feel it important to patron other groups introducing original works to our community. While there were a few scenes that I felt unnecessary to the forward progress of the play, I enjoyed this unique show that kept me intrigued until the end. I self-identified with the visitor, Richard, who was both intimidated by and curious of this place he had unexpectedly stumbled upon. I appreciate that the majority of the story unfolded for us, the audience, as it was being told/shown to him. The talented cast sold their performances through an impressive level of commitment. The set was much mo... full review
JOE FLANDERS uncertified reviewer June 27, 2013
This dark comedy/thriller had me laughing out loud at times while others I was on the edge of my seat. Often times with "dark comedies" I think it depends on the audience on a given night whether the comedy plays, but a majority of the crowd was laughing right along with me. To be clear, this is not a whimsical comedic farce, but when the audience needed to laugh, Graham Bowlin's script brought it. The last thirty minutes really plays like a thriller. The direction and acting are top notch as all things build to a climax I did not see coming. As the great reviews keep coming in for RODEO TOWN, I'm not one bit surprised. GO SEE THIS SHOW! ... full review