When: Fri., Aug. 19, 9 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 3 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 6 p.m., Tue., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Aug. 25, 6 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27, 10:30 p.m. 2011
Tricks of the Trade follows two friends who are also business associates. The characters' journey tells the story of how far one friend will go to be successful.
This comic thriller employs Mametian dialogue and stylized violence in an attempt to define itself as a modern genre piece. The play begins promisingly enough: After a night of celebratory drinking, Eddie (played by a capable Scott Russell) asks his business partner Ralph to reveal the origins of a newly adopted confidence that allowed him to close an important deal for their company. This set-up is clever, and the revelation that drives the final act is unexpected, but Jonathan Evans (as Ralph) lacks the stage presence to create the verisimilitude that would allow the audience to invest in the heightened circumstances of Tricks’ final act. - Harry Watermeier
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12