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Thunder Mountain Theatre Project Presents Dying City, R&J

Despite being slightly over-acted, the play is intriguing and thought provoking. It is very well written and keeps the audience guessing as to the true nature of the characters’ lives, down to the last moment.

By: Randi Spray


  On Jan. 29, the Thunder Mountain Theatre Project had a preview showing of one of their new plays, "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn. With "Shakespeare's R&J," "Dying City" will be playing until Feb. 15 at the Old Elk's Lodge on 109 S. Franklin Street.
  The play, directed Ryan Conarro, features Jennifer Lagundino as Kelly and Enrique Bravo as the twins Peter and Craig.
  The scene is set up in the middle of the lodge floor, with seating on all four sides. It is a simple scene set in Kelly's apartment; TV and couch, dining table with chairs, bookshelf, and a kitchen counter.
  The action of the play is divided between two nights, separated by several years. In one, Peter bursts into Kelly's apartment after not seeing her for a year. He comes with a host of his own problems surrounding his acting career, being gay and his emotions about his dead twin.
  The other night is the one before Craig leaves for Iraq after a dinner including Peter and Peter's new boyfriend, Tim. Here the conflict evolves around Craig's and Kelly's relationships, different opinions towards the Iraq war and Peter.
  The play, which is mainly dialogue, unfolds the complex lives and relationships of these three characters in alternating sequence between nights. There are a host of issues from the Iraq war, to work (Kelly is a therapist, Peter a failing actor), relationships, sex and parents being addressed, giving a complex look into the lives of three seemingly normal contemporary characters.
  Despite being slightly over-acted, the play is intriguing and thought provoking. It is very well written and keeps the audience guessing as to the true nature of the characters’ lives, down to the last moment.
  "Dying City" will be performed Feb. 4, 7, 8, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sat Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m..
  The other play, "Shakespeare's R&J," is a version of Romeo and Juliet by Joe Calarco, which is adapted for all male cast. It is directed by Flordelino Lagundino.
  "Shakespeare's R&J" will be performed Feb. 5, 6, 11, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m..
  Tickets are available for purchase at Hearthside books. Tickets for Wed, Thur, and Sun. performances are $16 adult and $10 students and seniors. Tickets for Fri and Sat performances are $18 adult and $12 students and seniors.

 
 

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