The Alamo

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“Must see! Outstanding piece of theatre…it's funny, touching, and at times heartbreaking. A beautifully written and acted play”The LA Beat

In the blue collar Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn sits a rundown neighborhood institution called The Alamo; the last great American bar. The owners, Munce and Carmen, along with some of their regulars watched, from the roof, as the World Trade Towers fell, taking down their relatives, friends, and neighbors. Today, with an aging clientele, the place is fighting to keep it's doors open and the only hope seems to be the arrival of artist/gentrifiers who are moving into the neighborhood and wanting to adopt the bar as an entertainment hangout. Bay Ridge locals and Alamo regulars don't want to surrender their bar, much less their neighborhood, to these young neo-carpetbaggers without a fight. Touching on themes of, nativism, racism, and war, "The Alamo" paints a humorous and dramatic portrait of eight working class Bay Ridge natives who always seem to find themselves on the front lines of change in America.

Directed by Kent Thompson

Ian McRae's The Alamo was inspired by an op-ed piece called “The Hard Lessons Of Iraq” by David Ignatius, published in The Washington Post on the tenth anniversary of the invasion. The ten-minute piece found a slot at the Actor's Theatre in New York and The Eight Tens At Eight in Santa Cruz, California, which propelled him to create this full-length play. Ian was an apprentice with Sanford Meisner and has taught at The Neighborhood Playhouse School Of The Theatre. He was a member of Cucaracha Theatre in NYC where several of his plays were produced.

Ensemble cast includes Bobby Costanzo (Joey), Eileen Galindo (Carmen), Nancy Georgini (Claudine), Milica Govich (Mary), Julia Arian (Micaela/Alternate), Kelsey Griswold (Micaela /Alternate), John Lacy (Dominic), Jack Merrill (Tick), and Tim True (Munce)

Production team includes John Iacovelli (Scenic Design), Edward Sales (Lighting Designer), Chip Bolcik (Sound Design), Emily N. Smith (Costume Designer), Paul Ruddy (Casting), and Nicole Millar (Stage Manager)

The Alamo runs Fridays – Saturday at 8pm, Sundays 2pm through May 12, 2018.

Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Tickets are $27 - $30 and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244 or online at www.ruskingrouptheatre.com . Free parking available on site.

Reviews

Eric A Gordon

Director Kent Thompson says that the play “features vivid characters whose lives haven't turned out quite the way that they had hoped. Each of them carries scars of the past (from Vietnam to 9/11, and choices long gone)…. Ian McRae writes with such passion, compassion, and humor, about a forgotten group of people—blue-collar Americans.” McRae's language is polished to a tee, words sculpted to a perfection worthy of Michelangelo. Iraq and Afghanistan, Joey remarks, are just like Vietnam: “Only the bombs got smarter.” Carmen enjoys going on a tear herself when she feels the spirit: She learned to be a cynic about religion when the nuns indoctrinated their charges about the poor “pagan babies” whose souls they had to contribute five dollars to save. Joey and Carmen, and by association the other dramatis personae in The Alamo, join a rare club of truly memorable characters in the catalogue of American dramaturgy, and I am seriously talking about Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Tony Kushner. I predict a rich future for this play and the people who inhabit it.

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A timely, funny and thoroughly entertaining evening. Brilliantly directed…succinctly written and impressively performed.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmont - Will Call - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

It is breathtaking theatre at its very best....the cast as an ensemble delivers performances of indelible truth. Splendid new play. I feel it now as I write. I can't forget it, nor will I forget this performance.

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Playwright Ian McRae has nailed it...a fascinating glimpse at how the salt-of-the-earth locals deal with death, envy, love, and stress. Lots of laughs.

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


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A fresh and dynamic playwright who writes from the heart, and who evokes a heartfelt response from us in turn. Exceptional performers…deft dialogue, vivid characterizations.

sweet - Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

Must see! Outstanding piece of theatre…it's funny, touching, and at times heartbreaking. A beautifully written and acted play.

sweet - Joan Alperin - LA Beat - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

Director Kent Thompson says that the play “features vivid characters whose lives haven't turned out quite the way that they had hoped. Each of them carries scars of the past (from Vietnam to 9/11, and choices long gone)…. Ian McRae writes with such passion, compassion, and humor, about a forgotten group of people—blue-collar Americans.” McRae's language is polished to a tee, words sculpted to a perfection worthy of Michelangelo. Iraq and Afghanistan, Joey remarks, are just like Vietnam: “Only the bombs got smarter.” Carmen enjoys going on a tear herself when she feels the spirit: She learned to be a cynic about religion when the nuns indoctrinated their charges about the poor “pagan babies” whose souls they had to contribute five dollars to save. Joey and Carmen, and by association the other dramatis personae in The Alamo, join a rare club of truly memorable characters in the catalogue of American dramaturgy, and I am seriously talking about Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, Tony Kushner. I predict a rich future for this play and the people who inhabit it.

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


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A timely, funny and thoroughly entertaining evening. Brilliantly directed…succinctly written and impressively performed.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmont - Will Call - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

It is breathtaking theatre at its very best....the cast as an ensemble delivers performances of indelible truth. Splendid new play. I feel it now as I write. I can't forget it, nor will I forget this performance.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar

Playwright Ian McRae has nailed it...a fascinating glimpse at how the salt-of-the-earth locals deal with death, envy, love, and stress. Lots of laughs.

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


Avatar

A fresh and dynamic playwright who writes from the heart, and who evokes a heartfelt response from us in turn. Exceptional performers…deft dialogue, vivid characterizations.

sweet - Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin

Must see! Outstanding piece of theatre…it's funny, touching, and at times heartbreaking. A beautifully written and acted play.

sweet - Joan Alperin - LA Beat - ...read full review