Rodeo Town

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

world premiere
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JOANNA MERCEDES certified reviewer June 15, 2013
Great work. I really enjoyed the show.... full review
TODD FULSCHER certified reviewer June 19, 2013
This was a great play and a tour de force of acting by Harry Beer. The ending is completly unexpected, and there is an amazing tension that exsists between the actors. I loved it!!!! Todd Fulscher... 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
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
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 22, 2013
This is truly a gem of the 2013 festival. Rodeo Town is one of those plays that stays with you after you leave the theater. This cast works together as a beautiful ensemble to take the audience on a ride full of unexpected dark turns. Eric Cire gives an incredible performance as Garth and is the driving force that keeps the story moving. Riveting and thought provoking this is definitely a show worth catching this year!... full review
MIA MOOR certified reviewer June 19, 2013
Fantastic performances with an unexpected dark twist at the end. Loved the development of the story & characters along the way. Kept you laughing while at the same time at the edge of your seat with anticipation as the truth behind this dark rodeo town is eerily unveiled... ... full review
NATHAN TURNER certified reviewer June 22, 2013
What do you want? Seriously....what is it that you want? One character asks this question in Rodeo Town. And it made me ask my self what I wanted out of Theatre. Do you want something gritty, truthful, messy, and strangely familial? Well then, to borrow a phrase, this is the show for you. I sat in the second row, which I maintain was a damn good choice; and as the sweat, blood, and cornbread poured off stage, I was brought right into the middle of a southern war zone between four characters....some are at war with themselves, all are at war with each other. Each performance is dripping with dedication. More than a few times, the characters on stage get frighteningly much so I was squirming. In fact, during the show I saw, ... full review