Pig Farm

  • Date:
    June 1, 2006

     

    Written by: Greg Kotis
    Directed by: John Rando
    Cast: John Ellison Conlee (Tom), Katie Finneran (Tina), Logan Marshall-Green (Tim) and Denis O�Hare (Teddy).
    Synopsis: Under a pot-bellied sky on a struggling pig farm somewhere in America, Tom, Tina (Katie Finneran) and their hired hand Tim (Logan Marshall-Green) fight to hold onto everything they have � namely, a herd of fifteen thousand restless pigs. Dumping sludge into the river has driven Tom to drink, and Tim seems to have caught Tina's eye, but when Teddy (Denis O�Hare), an officer of the Environmental Protection Agency arrives to inspect the operation, life on the farm explodes, implodes, then explodes again.
     

    What the critics had to say.....

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD of the NEW YORK TIMES: �You're likely to emerge from 'Pig Farm' with the feeling of having chewed gristle for two hours.�

    FRANK SCHECK of the NEW YORK POST: "Ultimately, 'Pig Farm,' like its characters, never lifts itself out of the mud."

    JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of NEW YORK DAILY: says "Ultimately "Pig Farm," with its bloated 2 1/2-hour length, wallows far too long under Rando's direction, skidding from sketch comedy to black comedy to anything-for-a-laugh slapstick."

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER: "Dawdles away for so long that its mirth proves disappointingly spotty. "

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says: "Witless, pointless and unrelentingly idiotic"

    ROBERT FELDBERG of THE RECORD: "A joke, no matter how amusing, does not a play make. So, while the comic premise of "Pig Farm" is fairly clever, the failure of writer Greg Kotis to deliver the dramatic goods -- to write a story and characters that engage us -- makes for a long evening."

    PETER SANTILLI of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "For those who are not opposed to a little mindless fun, "Pig Farm" will delight. Although, even the most willing participants might have their endurance tested by some of the same gags and jokes repeated beyond the limits of good sense and spontaneous humor."

    ALEXIS GREENE of HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "The sound of grunting pigs welcomes the audience as it walks into the theater, and a play that opens amusingly but then wallows in confusion greets the audience once it sits down."

    MARILYN STASIO of VARIETY says "The characters are composites of familiar genre heroes and villains, with their virtues and vices drawn to absurdist scale and the crises in their lives pushed to ridiculous extremes. Under Rando's scrupulous helming, a cast of brilliant farceurs play these cartoon characters without forgetting that they are, underneath it all, pathetically human. "

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