When Las Vegas Little Theatre announced its second streaming production, I was prepared this time and managed to get my Smart TV to wise up. Ah, so much better than squinting at a 15” computer monitor.
“Rogues’ Gallery” is a collection of bizarre, dark, humorous monologues from the mind of Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley, whose “Doubt” also won the Tony Award for best play. These short pieces were culled together by Shanley in June, during this year of the pandemic.
Consider plays like this the royalty houses’ way of trying to entice production companies and playwrights into accepting what everyone appears to be calling our “new normal.” It’s rather about time they helped theatre figure out a way to stay solvent. Though, the royalty fee seems counterproductive to that unless there’s a wealthy patron who has been standing by; at least for a local community company.
The overall arc of the monologues is subtle: We’ve all dealt with the rogue, the person who has treated us poorly. In hindsight, we can look on these people and, perhaps, find humor in the situation we allowed ourselves to be put in (“Unknown Caller,” performed by Kris Mayeshiro). Sometimes it’s more difficult to deal with, (“Drive,” performed by Nicole Unger). And, sometimes, if we’re able to admit it, the rogue is us (“The Choreographer’s Hand,” Glen Heath).