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Theater Review: Pluck the Day
© THE FLASH LIST | February 10, 2012
Second Thought Theatre at bryant hall at Kalita Humphreys theater
Written by Steven Walters,
Directed by Matthew Gray
“Logic has left the porch” … ah, pluck it.
Duck is an ABBA-loving, Willie-Nelson-quoting, every-word-in-the-book-swearing, emu farm worker who is slamming back beers at 10:00 AM despite the fact that he's extremely sensitive about his big-bellied figure.
Bill, on the other hand, is a 141-IQ-achieving, crossword-puzzle-solving, fauxhawk-sporting, half-booty-baring, community college graduate who, although he inadvertently wins at arm wrestling, is surrounded by the uproar of others’ confusion over his sexual orientation.
They're waiting around on Fred, their camo-wearing, peyote-eating, Jim-Beam-drinking, cacti-befriending, shotgun-toting, Lord's-Day-observing best friend who’s been gone all night visiting the fiery gate but living to tell about it.
Very smartly written and hilaaaariously funny, this fresh comedy by Steven Walters (Dallas Theater Center Acting Company member and co-artistic director of Second Thought Theatre whose television credits include Friday Night Lights, Chase, Prison Break, and more) is not just your typical redneck joke. Oh, don’t get us wrong; Duck (Clay Yocum) definitely emanates that ‘Larry the Cable Guy’ vibe, and his interactions with Bill (Chris LaBove) ring reminiscent of past episodes of Yes Dear. To boot, Fred (Mike Schraeder) handles his feelings toward April (Jenny Ledel) by swinging back and forth like the hinges on the dusty, continually slamming screen door. But Pluck the Day is much more than that. Walters successfully interjects comedy relief into the most intense dramatic moments without distracting one bit from the deep emotional pain afflicting these West Texas residents as they struggle (sometimes physically) with each other through bouts of loyalty, pity, betrayal, and self introspection.
With close-up seating and actors who are already on stage as you walk in, it’s quite easy to become so enveloped in this inevitably relatable storyline that you forget your own troubles (and how loud you’re laughing).
So come on in and “pop a squat” to find out:
Who is the pearl-snap-wearing, ‘twang-twang’ guitarist lounging in the corner?
What current female news commentator is considered both smart and hot?
When will April make up her mind about … you know ... the thing?
Where will that tell-tale penguin show up?
How will they hash out the controversial incident that took place behind Winn-Dixie?
Pluck the Day runs at Second Thought Theatre through February 26, 2012, and with ticket prices between $15.00 and $22.50 (and an industry/pay-what-you-can night on Monday, February 13), this hour and a half show is a steal! We highly recommend it, especially for all your “friends in low places” who don’t typically visit the ‘thea-tah’.