If you've ever spent a long night drinkin' and reminiscing at a bar in your hometown, you might understand Roy's evening. If you've served in a war, only to come home and find everything has changed while you were away, you'll probably understand his situation a little more. The tragic-comedy by James McLure follows Ray on one such night as he camps out in front of Angel's bar in Maynard, Texas, kickin' back Lone Star brews and munchin' on the popcorn and Baby Ruths he missed during the war. Joined by his dim-witted younger brother Ray, Roy relives tales of his youth and glory days: getting in fights in nightclubs and chasing girls. Paired with random loud hollers and clanking cheers of Lone Stars, Roy recants his time with friends, all of whom have left the small town and are now either in prison or worse, Oklahoma.
The night comes to a head when the boys former classmate Cletis — whose loafers and whiny persona irk Roy to no end — confesses to Ray he has crashed Roy's prized 1959 pink convertible. The car has become the physical symbol of Roy's good ole' days, and its death marks the end of era, forcing Roy to grow up.
Spencer Jones easily conveys Roy's Peter Pan-ish obsession with his youth and his bravado, which made him a high school super star. An athlete and ladies man seemed to be a relatable characteristic for the young actor, a Theatre major and rising senior at the College of Charleston. Yet, enacting the forlorn veteran seemed a bit of a stretch. It was hard to truly sense Roy's feelings of disappointment, which should have been lurking just under the surface.
The comedic performance was definitely on point, thanks in large part to Matthew Giedraitis' version of Ray. Being mentally slower than Roy, Ray inspires a few great punchlines as the two discuss the female anatomy, re-enact a stealth war scene, and argue over the proper way to eat junk food and drink beer. Giedraitis' facial expressions were entertaining throughout, and his rendition of Hank Williams "Your Cheatin Heart" with Jones made a hilarious parting scene.
Lone Star. $16/$13 students/seniors. May 30, June 6, 10, 12 at 6 p.m.; June 4 at 4:30 P.M.; June 5 at 9:30 p.m.; June 9 at 8 p.m.; and June 11 at 8:30 p.m.. Theatre 220, Simmons Center, 54 St. Philip St. (843) 724-7295