Explosive 'Fool for Love'; PWYC Play at Round House Theatre

My first Sam Shepard play was called Operation Sidewinder in New York and featured cool music by the Holy Modal Rounders. He has enjoyed an amazing career since then both writing and acting - I especially liked his role in Mud last year - but Fool for Love is one of his great plays.  We are fortunate that Round House is taking it on and their artistic director, Ryan Rilette, is directing.

So for this, you get in line and then at 6:30 they sell tickets, 2 per person, for whatever you would like to pay. I would say the standard is $10 but it really is what you want, more (if you can generously afford) or less. It's a relatively big theater so usually everyone gets a seat. The play starts at 7:30.

We'll eat across the street at Booeymonger at about 6:40 when everyone gets their tickets.

FOOL FOR LOVE: From one of America’s most renowned playwrights comes this explosive tale of love, hate, and the dying myths of the Old West. May’s hiding out at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert when Eddie, her longtime on-again/off-again lover, shows up. Dark secrets are revealed during a night of gripping jealousy, brutal betrayal, and the deepest kind of love.

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  • Ronn

    Here's a review this summer by the New York Times theater critic of a production at the Williamstown Theater Festival. This kind of theater is about language, sound, rhythm, feel - not necessarily figuring it out. Anyway, glad so many people came out to support that excellent theater. www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/theater­/nina-arianda-and-sam-rockwell-sta­r-in-fool-for-love.html

    September 4

    • Eric

      I read online that Sam Rockwell would be onstage in Fool for Love. He's a great, very underrated actor. Watch the films Moon and The Way, Way Back, among others.

      September 4

  • Eric

    Interesting discussions regarding the play. I'm planning to see it Sat., 9/6, at 3 p.m., when they're also having PWYC.

    September 4

  • gregr

    Southwestern Gothic:
    Acting was top notch and the one-act structure served to really intensify and focus the emotion, almost to the point of making it uncomfortable for the audience (which was purposeful). There was a definitely an accelerating rhythm and pacing to the dialogue that felt somewhat like being swept down the center of a whirlpool. I thought the use of the Gun prop was clever--whenever a weapon is introduced early in a play (or movie) the implication is that will at some point be used. In this case it was, but not it the way I expected--its use came far before the timeline of the play by one of the mothers of the two lead actors in a act that formed an emotional and violent basis of the conflict seen in the play. I'm still thinking about the way the lead actress had her hair covering her face in the opening scene--why? Something about not wanting to see or recognize the unnaturalness in the relationship? Of somehow trying to hide from it?

    September 4

  • Tim F.

    Did anyone read up on the play or writer? I felt that though the acting, casting, and set were good, the dialog kept repeating, which seemed the central theme of the play as well. Did anyone notice any movement forward throughout the story?

    September 3

    • Dana

      Tim, the whole point of the play is the never ending cycle in which the two of them are caught. There is no forward motion.

      September 4

    • Shannon

      Think the cycle was broken by the end of the play... The lie, disillusionment pact, was shattered when the true story was finally told. lol @ how alcohol and an "innocent" to pour the heart out to can help one voice the truth...

      September 4

  • Dana

    I know this was a really large group but it would've been nice if there'd been some way to keep the group a little closer together throughout the dinner and play. Each person was pretty much on their own.

    September 4

  • Chris H

    Parking was just $5 if you showed them your Roundhouse ticket. I stayed for the after the play session and it was awesome. Made the play much more mulch-faceted and thought provoking.

    September 3

  • karen

    Highlights from the post show discussion? Couldn't stay bc paid for parking based on theater's advice that the play was only 75 min.

    September 3

  • Debra Ellen S.

    Thanks Ronn for an interesting meet up. I thought the acting was superb. Others thought it was slow, but I was totally engrossed in the acting.

    September 3

  • Nancy D

    Thank you Ronn for organizing. Enjoyed company and play. Till next time.

    September 3

  • Melody

    Sorry had to miss tonight's event

    September 3

  • Ronn

    We are at chipotles across Wisconsin.

    September 3

  • karen

    E. I'm on way now so should be able to get my ticket. Others pls let e know. Thanks!

    September 3

  • Rachel

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute. Rachel

    September 3

  • Daisy

    Sorry to have to cancel for tonight but my AC is on the fritz. Hope to meet all on some other occasion very soon!

    September 3

  • Ronn

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. At previous PWYCs they have not sold out, so you should be okay whatever time you come. We'll line up, and then gather after they go on sale at 6:30 to walk across the street for dinner. It's cash and exact change only! 2 per person. my number to text is[masked]

    September 3

  • karen

    it's unlikely that i'll be able to arrive by 545p. if folks think that the pywc will sell out, could someone get me at ticket? thanks!

    September 2

  • Daisy

    Delighted to join you for my first meet up!

    August 26

  • Eric

    Round House is also having PWYC for Fool for Love on Saturday the 6th. The play starts at 3:00, and PWYC tickets go on sale at 2:00.

    2 · August 21

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