The Cowboy Soul Contest Rehearsal

comedy · play in the box · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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June 22, 2015
tagged as: cowboy · comedy · soul searching · contest · ensemble

My overall impression

This very funny World Premiere one-act by M. Nasorri Pavone takes you inside the rehearsal for a contest where contestants read a personal story of how they have experienced their own Cowboy Soul, the giving of oneself for the good of someone else. Directed by Michael Keith Allen who also stars as the show’s unpaid Indian intern Bodhi, the cast crackles with fully-realized characters who, at one point, break into song using whatever they can find as instruments. Samantha Barrios shines as Honey Lamb, the drunk party girl who is the pre-determined winner of the show. While Allen’s thick accent often makes it difficult to understand exactly what he is saying, it doesn’t matter much since his physicality always gets his message across loud and clear. Larry Jones’ wonderfully expressive face generates laughs, even before he utters a word. Keith Carrington adds a touch of Billy Ray Cyrus once he dons a long wig, singing about doing the shopping for his wife.

Definitely a fun way to spend an hour laughing at an ensemble of outrageously creative actors!

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