Review On LONE STAR By James McClure


Travis Michael Holder

Travis Michael Holder

Writer, Registered Critic


This Lone Star returns to its guileless and straightforward roots without the participants bastardizing it into an overlong sketch from the stage of the Ozark Opry or a long-lost episode of Hee-Haw. As displaced Vietnam vet Roy and his possibly brain-damaged brother Ray (Christopher Jordan and Christopher Parker) languish in a pile of rubble and an impressively well-appreciated collection of beer bottles behind Angel's Bar in Maynard, Texas, the uselessness of their lives is simply presented, without comment or displaced “artistic” judgment. Under David Fofi's sharply focused and surprisingly kinetic direction, Jordan is wonderfully understated but brilliantly on-target as the drunken Roy, who stares out into the prairie longing for the calls of the coyotes they've wiped out from the landscape just as they did the “injuns” before them. As his gaze wanders longingly out front at the lonely nightscape stretched before him, we too see it in his eyes, testament to an actor arrestingly comfortable in his own skin.