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  • Tom Erb:
    20 Apr. 2024
    "Tennessee Wet Rub" is a play about a group of people in a restaurant in the 1950s. They face tough times because of their different backgrounds. The story shows how they deal with problems and understand each other better. It's a strong story that makes you think about fairness and how we treat others. I found it very enjoyable read.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    30 May. 2023
    This play is just gorgeous. It has a suspenseful narrative that had me on the edge of my seat the whole way. It also contains five richly developed and complex characters and spot on social commentary. But there is an artistic alchemy at work here that melds all these compelling parts into a richer, more moving whole.
  • John Bavoso:
    10 Dec. 2022
    This play held me in tense suspense from the very first page, but the true beauty of the script is the way it unfolds the characters into fully realized people. Ruyle’s attention to detail and language is on full display. Timely and timeless, this play is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and spark many a post-show discussion. Highly recommended!
  • DC Cathro:
    30 Sep. 2022
    A well-told tale of race and recipes, “Tennessee Wet Rub” is intriguing, insightful, and mysterious. Ruyle skillfully plays with regional dialects, and the play features rich characters that actors will joyously sink their teeth into.
  • Lee R. Lawing:
    19 Sep. 2022
    How much nicer the world would have been without the rules and restrictions of religion and just let food bring people together. It’s something everyone has in common that brings all people together and can overcome a lot of baggage and fixed conceptions and upbringing faster than most any other thing. Ruyle presents a wonderful tale of an age which used to be and should have never been in the first place and yet we are still fighting the same batter today as we once did in 1951 which proves Tennessee Web Rub a play for all ages.
  • Cassidy Byron:
    12 Aug. 2022
    Very gripping narrative with strong and distinct characters. I loved watching the characters evolve over the course of the play, and the ending was very satisfying. Absolutely loved this!
  • Morey Norkin:
    9 Aug. 2022
    I am not a director, and yet Kim E. Ruyle creates such vivid images in Tennessee Wet Rub I felt as if I were watching the story unfold in front of me. Ruyle subtly draws on our expectations of a time and place to create tension. But rather than present characters that neatly meet those expectations, he has crafted characters of flesh and blood, heart and soul, and brains. And even a few poets among them. An exquisite play that should be staged often!
  • Jack Levine:
    4 Aug. 2022
    KIM E. RUYLE captures the essence of the racial prejudices in the 1950s with a strong and interesting play about the plight of the negro, young love of a kind not tolerated by white folks, American values and religious convictions, and the different cultural values within America. “Tennessee Wet Rub” has much to offer. There is truth and honesty in Bertha and Hank, as their convictions are tested. A negro boy and a white girl struggle to find their way with their own prejudices and beliefs. I absolutely LOVED this play! BRAVO!!!
  • Marjorie Bicknell:
    19 Jul. 2022
    Kim Ruyle starts to tell a story you think you know. A story about backwoods folk who are stuck fast to their bible, their superstitions, their traditions and their prejudices. But then he throws one delicious curve after another to introduce you to people who discover they are capable of change, capable of growth and capable of forming friendship and finding love in the most unexpected ways. A real charmer from start to finish. Highly recommended.
  • Scott Sickles:
    13 Jul. 2022
    Eat first. Just something to tide you over until after. If you don’t, you’re gonna be HUNGRY!

    Racism collides with racial misconceptions when long-time rural married encounter a young mixed-race couple. Suddenly, prejudices are overturned by people, but everyone is still beautifully complicated and flawed - the characters are sadly more willing to learn than actual humans.

    Ruyle effortlessly creates an atmosphere simultaneously cozy and menacing. The tension simmers with the bbq sauce and the ensuing narrative feast is more than satisfying.