No Strings' HEROES Enters Final Weekend of Performances
No Strings Theatre Company presents "Heroes" by Gerald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard and directed by Larry Chandler. "Heroes" runs through Sunday, October 27 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The play, which is hilarious and moving tells of 3 old men plotting their escape from an old soldiers' home and stars Doug Roby, Gorton Smith and Monte Wright.
One might say that Gerald Sibleyras's "Heroes," translated by Tom Stoppard has elements of "The Great Escape" and "Picnic," but that would only be true if you looked at it from the characters' points of view and had it been written by Samuel Beckett.
This winner of the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy takes place on the terrace of an old soldier's home, where a trio of World War I veterans work out the ennui of their retirement. Between an eagle-eyed nurse and a stone dog statue, they mitigate their days and try to stay relevant while each pulls in a different direction that amuses and endears. The pivotal moment arrives when they decide to escape and the choice is between Indochina or the row of poplar trees that loom on the hill just beyond the rest home. The Washington Post said that this "compact [play] packs quite a dramatic punch," while The Philadelphia Weekly called this "a delightfully warm and affecting comedy."
Performances are Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on October 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 general admission, $10.00 for students and seniors over 65. For reservation call: (575) 523-1223.