Audience: Lindsay Britts
Like a vibrating high-hat cymbal, the tension and emotion of Cowboy Mouth rides through the actors and resonates long after the play is over. We get a unique glimpse of the relationship of Sam Shepard and Patti Smith through their own eyes, and the ensemble embraces all the predators and tumbleweeds and fire of the playwrights in an intimate, punk setting. Manis and Navas balance well as the unbalanced leads Cavale and Slim, and the modern Greek chorus of Polednak and Hurdle amp the room's energy. And Burke, as the Lobster Man? His claws speak for themselves.