An absurdist drama inspired by Samuel Beckett, a key absurdist
writer. The story is about five people waiting in line for an event.
What event it is, is never made clear — several of the characters’
stated expectations contradict the others.
Each character uses growing strength and manipulations to be first in
line — getting more vicious as the play continues.
A revival of “Line” is the longest-running play in Off-Off-Broadway,
having played continuously at the 13th Street Repertory Theater since
Fleming — A baseball fan, he has been waiting all night at the front
(apparently for tickets to a baseball game). He is slow-witted and
easily manipulated out of first place.
Stephen — A handsome man who looks like James Dean (according to
Molly). He is an obsessive fan of Mozart. He is very verbal and
confuses people (especially Fleming) with doubletalk.
Molly — The lone female of the piece, a voluptuous woman. She uses her
sexuality to lure the men out of the front spot. This is stylized by
her dancing and singing with each man.
Dolan — A philosopher who only looks out for himself. He puts forth
his “Underdog” theory — when you’re under the dog, that’s the easiest
time to kick him in the balls.
Arnall — Molly’s cuckold husband. A milquetoast who is afraid of
germs. The one time in the play he actually gets to the front of the
line, he abdicates in favor of another so he won’t be hurt. He claims
his parents and grandmother made up his name because they couldn’t
decide whether to name him ARthur, NAthan, or LLoyd.
This is an “actor’s show” in that once on stage there is “no where to
hide” (actors are on stage till the end and must maintain energy and
focus) according to Director Will Adamson, who has been with Cockroach
since its inception.
Israel Horovitz was Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage
Company in Massachusetts (a theatre he created). He also founded The
New York Playwrights Lab and served as NYPL’s Artistic Director. In
addition, Horovitz was one of a select group of non-actors awarded
membership in The Actors Studio and has received numerous prestigious
This production is a collaboration between UNLV and Cockroach Theatre
— a first-rate professional company in their tenth year now at their
own theatre in the Arts District.
Many members are UNLV graduates. Interestingly, “Line” was the first
production by this agile company.
Direction was nimble, sound was managed well in a space requiring some
“working-with.” Lighting was effective and the acting uniformly superb
with a real feel of a unified ensemble enjoying full-fledged
characters who grow in strength before our eyes. As always, a
welcoming staff made itself known at box and house.
I love all theatre available in Las Vegas, and these companies in
Cockroach Theater Shows: 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 14, 15, and 16; 2
p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Tickets are $15, $13.50 702-895-2787 UNLV Box.
For more info to the website www.cockroachtheatre.com.