Deal Me Out

A group of social outcasts meet for their weekly board game meet-up in Oberon's father's garage with an uncomfortable goal: tell one of the founding members that he's been kicked out. Tensions flare as Dez bargains to keep his only friendships and preserve the only pocket of safety all six players have in an unfriendly suburb during a contentious political moment.
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Deal Me Out

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    29 Aug. 2019
    The residual casualties of the 2016 election--complicated or torn friendships and socio-political reprioritizing on an individual and group scale--are vividly on display here in engaging and nuanced characters. All of the characters are rendered with a subtle and fine paintbrush, and their personalities are illustrated so adeptly in their relationships to and way of engaging with gaming. The games and the characters relationships to them are skillfully handled metaphors! The twists and turns both make sense but are satisfyingly surprising. I love seeing the genesis and evolution of this social microcosm both in the past and present scenes.
  • Laura Neill:
    26 Apr. 2019
    The playwright takes a genuine look at how fractures that have always been there in friendships have broken wider open since the election and now can't be ignored... a painfully beautiful and well-crafted rendering of a seriously contemporary topic. The Huntington reading was great theatre. I'd be really excited to see this one produced.
  • Kevin Cirone:
    18 Mar. 2019
    A lovely, dark ensemble piece; a stark look at twenty-something outcasts whose interpersonal relationships are strained by forces geopolitical and personal. The flashback mechanic serves the character back stories well and the interweaving of gameplay rules is a nice counterbalance when applied to rule-defying personalities. Would love to see this produced.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Huntington Theatre Company
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    2019
  • Reading
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    Huntington Theatre Company
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    2018