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BWW Review: See the Outstanding Performance of LONE STAR at The Triad 5/6 and 5/13

pixeltracker had the opportunity to see the outstanding revival of playwright James McLure's LONE STAR while it was performed at The Wild Project in the East Village. And now, it is moving uptown to The Triad for two performances on Saturday May 6th and Saturday May 13th. The play enjoys superb direction by Pete McElligott and features a cast of three remarkable actors. A show like LONE STAR is the reason we go to the theater.

LONE STAR is set in the back yard of Angel's Bar in Maynard, Texas. It is the year 1972 and Roy, a Vietnam Veteran, boldly talks of exploits and reminiscenses with his kid brother Ray while they finish off a case of Lone Star beer. Roy is a hard-drinking, bombastic young man, whose personality is in sharp contrast to Ray's mellow demeanor. Roy's life hasn't been the same since he returned from the war. And his bad temper really flares when he encounters his brother's socially awkward friend Cletis, the newly married son of a local hardware store owner. And while Roy declares love for his wife, his country and his 1959 Thunderbird Convertible, he soon learns some hidden truths from Ray that reap havoc with his world. This play is the real deal. It captures some harsh realities with both humor and pathos.

The cast of LONE STAR is in full command of their roles. Their portrayals of their characters draw you into each moment of the show. Matt de Rogatis masters the challenging part of Roy, Chris Loupos plays Ray, and Greg Pragel plays Cletis. The actors deliver James McClure's well-crafted dialogue with complete authenticity.

The Creative Team has done a terrific job of bringing the LONE STAR to the stage. They include Stage Manage, John Constantine and Assistant Stage Manager, Jillian Guerts. At the Triad, Jillian Guerts and Mollie Downes will perform live music for the show.

LONE STAR is a timeless and insightful view of a man who tries to gain a grip on his life while the world around him changes. While it is entertaining, the play also reveals the struggles of people who suffer from PTSD and the effects of war. See it while it is being performed at The Triad in May.

Lone Star is presented by Nine Theatricals and Genesis Rep. The show runs for 60 minutes with no intermission. The show will be performed at The Triad on May 6th and May 13th at 9:00 pm. The theater is located at 158 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023. Visit The Triad's web site at You can learn more about LONE STAR and purchase tickets for the upcoming performances in May by visiting the show's web site at: When checking out, enter the promotional code, THUNDERBIRD for a Texas sized discount. Note: There is a 2-drink minimum when attending the performances at The Triad.

Photo Credit: Chris Loupos

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