The Verdict: Critics Review The Amoralists' Premiere of Rantoul and Die
26 Jun 2013
Matthew Pilieci and Derek Ahonen
Photo by Russ Rowland
The Amoralists' New York premiere of Mark Roberts' Rantoul and Die officially opened June 24 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Jay Stull directs Rantoul and Die, which runs through July 20. It features Derek Ahonen, Sarah Lemp, Matthew Pilieci and Vanessa Vaché.
According to the Amoralists, "In the play, Rallis and Debbie's marriage has reached its expiration date. In fact, it's soured and stuck to the bottom of the carton. She wants him to pack his stuff and hit the bricks, but he's clinging to the past like a cat on a screen door. How far will a man go to hang onto his lady? It's a thin line between love and hate, between a kiss and a punch, between an ice cream cone and a beer bottle to the back of the head."
The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.