2011 SEASON

Rogue Machine Theatre
presents
the World Premiere of

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR
by John Pollono

Directed by
Andrew Block

Featuring
Josh Helman, John Pollono, Michael Redfield & Donnie Smith

Produced by
John Perrin Flynn

Production Design: David Mauer
Stage Manager: Brenda Davidson and Daniel Coronel
Production Manager: Amanda Mauer

The multi-talented John Pollono wrote Rogue Machine’s “Small Engine Repair” and stars in it as Frank, the eponymous owner of a modest, very oily shop in Manchester, N.H.One night as Frank is closing up, two high school friends arrive. It turns out he’s tricked them into coming. Packie (Michael Redfield) believes Frank has cancer, whereas Swaino (Jon Bernthal) thinks there will be strippers. These two lies, perfectly baited fishhooks, show how well Frank understands loyal, gullible Packie and lady-killer Swaino, even though, in their mid-30s, the three have drifted apart. Packie and Swaino aren’t even on speaking terms, but Frank, distributing intoxicants at a relentless pace, good-humoredly mediates a reconciliation. As the booze goes down and the weed goes up in smoke, crazy anecdotes are recounted (with a level of detail that, while perhaps not faithful to the coded banter of many close friends, is far friendlier to the audience). Old wounds are reopened.

Running Time: Small Engine Repair runs approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission.


PRESS REVIEWS

...they deliver what is frankly one of the most impressive scene changes I’ve ever witnessed in a theater space of any magnitude.

- Stage Raw       

[read the entire review here]

Director Guillermo Cienfuegos’ pacing builds tension with masterful assurance, while David Mauer’s jaw-dropping set transformations effortlessly segue from graffiti-laced subway car to urban streets to an intricately detailed interior for the emotional steamroller finale...
- LA Times       


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