NICE THINGS

Bobbie Jo Gunning is an Army National Guard recruiter in Western Pennsylvania. Amy , a woman who has recently lost her fiancee in the Afghanistan war. Neither of them sleep well these days. Amy, because of what she's done. Bobbie Jo because of something she hasn't dealt with. In order to move on and live their lives they will need to come to terms with the past and the present. Nice Things explores...
Bobbie Jo Gunning is an Army National Guard recruiter in Western Pennsylvania. Amy , a woman who has recently lost her fiancee in the Afghanistan war. Neither of them sleep well these days. Amy, because of what she's done. Bobbie Jo because of something she hasn't dealt with. In order to move on and live their lives they will need to come to terms with the past and the present. Nice Things explores the changing and diminishing options now available for young men and women in small town America.

"Best of 2014" - Jose Ruiz - Review plays

“ STAGE RAW RECOMMENDED” – “Melocchi is not really interested in pointing fingers and playing the blame game… all his characters are victims of circumstance —and the human condition.” Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

“This play packs a one-two punch that comes out of nowhere leaving the audience gasping for breath and wondering what else can happen. Part of the intrigue is the back story…YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION.” – Jose Ruiz – Review Plays

“I should tell you that I really liked “Nice Things”, which seemed exemplary of what theater needs to be, and not so much about what it doesn’t. Good to be witness to a show that exists so much in its moments and needn’t necessarily have any life outside of that to validate itself” – Myron Meisel - L.A Drama Critics Circle

Nice Things has a powerful and lasting message that left me deep in thought as I pondered the burning question, “is our military really on a volunteer basis? Is war worth the price? – Rose Desena - Los Angeles Post

“NICE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY” – “...Melocchi really excels with the driving action of this play…gripping. It has something rather important to say.” – Patrick Hurley – That awesome theatre blog!

“Melocchi doesn’t go that route. He digs deep and gives us a complex character… makes a strong case for the rest of us not to forget these people, especially those who gave their lives for our freedom and well-being. The play does all it can to remember and honor them.” – Willard Manus – Totaltheatre.com
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NICE THINGS

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  • Maureen Chesus:
    28 Jan. 2015
    One of the most emotionally-compelling plays I have come across lately! Nice Things tackles really important issues without feeling preachy, and shows how truly desperate people feel when they're trapped-- whether by PTSD, "the system," a relationship, etc. I feel like it really speaks to the generation of post-economy crash, post-Iraq, young people who are just looking for a way out, and that really resonated with me. Plus, I am obsessed with the fullness and complexity of the female characters!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Last Frontier Theatre Conference - Valdez, AK.
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    2014
  • Workshop
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    Rogue Machine Theatre - Los Angeles, CA.
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    2014
  • Reading
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    The Road Theatre - North Hollywood, CA.
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    2013

Production History

  • Professional
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    Rogue Machine Theatre - Los Angeles, CA.
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    2014