Three power-brokers scheme with a weapons specialist to assassinate a despised opponent... Too bad they?re all such incompetents. The bungling only gets worse as Maxwell, the senior power-broker, takes a young idealist under his wing. Suddenly his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken. This comedic thriller discloses a sharp parable that takes a crack at the nastiness of covert governmental and corporate operations.
West Coast Premiere Men of Tortuga
by Jason Wells
Directed by Alexis Chamow February 27 - March 28, 2010
"A tightly contained piece of rapid-fire theater!"
"Outrageously comic but with just enough menace and meaning to give the mixture the uneasy spice of reality... All this occurs at high speed in Alexis Chamow's sparkling and tightly controlled direction... some of the richest, most idiosyncratic dialogue around... It is subtly hilarious and the hour and 20 minutes of the one-act play flies by."
? John Farrell, Pasadena Star News
"It is hilarious fun!"
"If ever a play demonstrated that most men conduct business the way they once plotted schoolyard warfare, it?s Men of Tortuga... smartly written... a tightly knit ensemble that feels as though it had all been together for years... Every production element from costuming by Leah Piehl to the ?swish? of a hidden elevator (sound design by Doug Newell) melds unobtrusively to create the Furious? trademark ultra realism onstage... once the laughter has died away one recognizes with chilling clarity how close our culture has really come to such madness."
? Leigh Kennicott, StageHappenings.com
"Wells' play skillfully charts the tortured logic leading the plotters farther down a horrific slippery slope."
? Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times
"Effective use of music, good performances and an impressive set on the Carrie Hamilton Theatre stage distinguish Furious Theatre Company's West Coast premiere of Men of Tortuga.
? Candyce Columbus, Examiner.com
"The dialogue is smart."
? Sharon Perlmutter, Talkin' Broadway