Musket and the Rat

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Musket Cherry is a young woman who lives in a gritty, rugged, ungentrified neighborhood in Chicago. Her mom is a deadbeat alcoholic. Musket’s anchors are her beloved brother Weso, her best friend Gay Stevie, and her boyfriend Billy. Times are tough. Musket supports her family by selling heroin and comforts herself with lots of weed.

Bad things happen. Weso is arrested on a trumped-up charge and beaten in jail. Billy is jumped and robbed. Musket decides to set things right by arming herself. In a world where justice does not exist, maybe those who wrong her will understand her gun.

Can Musket prevail over the forces arrayed against her?
Written by Sammy Horowitz. Directed by Simon Lees. Presented by Dull Boy Productions.

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There is nothing the least bit noble about the characters who populate Musket and the Rat, including the various customers who drop by for drugs, but neither are they presented as cautionary tales. Horowitz and director Simon Lees have affection for Musket and her makeshift family, but no right-thinking person would want to become a member.

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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Plays like these, full of grit and intensity, hard-fought humor and deeply felt love are few and far between.  These are the stories of the streets that most theatre goers do not live on.  And yet the theatre is such an important place for them to be told.  Theatre is life and death, quite literally darkness and light.  These stories are ancient ones and worth telling over and over if only to remind ourselves where our world really is.  Fighting to survive every day with poetry and terror and love.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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... this world is rich and engrossing. The detailed dialogue and rich characterizations make clear that playwright Sammy Horowitz is speaking from personal experience;...

Musket and the Rat is a well-structured play with a well-earned twist, although the final moments could use a bit more breathing room to allow the surprise ending to land.

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sweet - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Masterly directed by Simon Lees, MUSKET AND THE RAT can hold a moral where to just trust nobody but themselves! The title of this play even sums up everything as all isn’t as fair in the so-called war on drugs and life itself!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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There is nothing the least bit noble about the characters who populate Musket and the Rat, including the various customers who drop by for drugs, but neither are they presented as cautionary tales. Horowitz and director Simon Lees have affection for Musket and her makeshift family, but no right-thinking person would want to become a member.

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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Plays like these, full of grit and intensity, hard-fought humor and deeply felt love are few and far between.  These are the stories of the streets that most theatre goers do not live on.  And yet the theatre is such an important place for them to be told.  Theatre is life and death, quite literally darkness and light.  These stories are ancient ones and worth telling over and over if only to remind ourselves where our world really is.  Fighting to survive every day with poetry and terror and love.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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... this world is rich and engrossing. The detailed dialogue and rich characterizations make clear that playwright Sammy Horowitz is speaking from personal experience;...

Musket and the Rat is a well-structured play with a well-earned twist, although the final moments could use a bit more breathing room to allow the surprise ending to land.

RECOMMENDED

sweet - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Masterly directed by Simon Lees, MUSKET AND THE RAT can hold a moral where to just trust nobody but themselves! The title of this play even sums up everything as all isn’t as fair in the so-called war on drugs and life itself!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review