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"Top Ten World Premiere Plays 2016-2017" -- StageSceneLA
"Ingenious..." -- The Los Angeles Times
"Undeniably hilarious, unexpectedly moving, and utterly unique..." -- StageSceneLA

For Mags Eagleton, the world has become a scary place kept fiercely at bay by the confines of her well-worn recliner. When her loving husband Erns surprises her by renting...
"Top Ten World Premiere Plays 2016-2017" -- StageSceneLA
"Ingenious..." -- The Los Angeles Times
"Undeniably hilarious, unexpectedly moving, and utterly unique..." -- StageSceneLA

For Mags Eagleton, the world has become a scary place kept fiercely at bay by the confines of her well-worn recliner. When her loving husband Erns surprises her by renting their late son's bedroom to a very modern kid who is visiting their rural Texas town for a three-day desert music festival, things take a turn for the trippy. This rollicking comedy explores the risks of desperate love, the exemplary form of the 1970s game show, and the psychedelic side effects of fear your doctor may not have warned you about.

The Rogue Machine Theatre Production (World Premiere) opened November 2016, was "Ovation Recommended" (L.A. Stage Alliance), voted "Top World Premieres of 2016/2017" by StageSceneLA, and was extended twice by popular demand.
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The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    25 Jan. 2021
    A beautiful story that gives the inexplicable grief of losing a child a comedic healing. Well done!
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    21 Apr. 2020
    Deb Hiett deals masterfully with parents’s grief for the loss of their son in “The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!” A very funny and heartbreaking play — we root for this couple as they deal with the changes in their lives, hoping they can adapt. Well done.
  • Ali MacLean:
    15 Apr. 2020
    This hilarious and heartbreaking play takes two older grieving parents through the looking glass (courtesy of a raver kid's stash) when the mother's beloved game show comes to life in garish form, but the questions have actual consequences on their lives. This script is clever, funny, arch, and poignant, as the two can't decide whether to move forward or keep the memory of their dead son alive. The characters are richly drawn - both quirky and relatable. This play is a great ride and I would like to buy a fast pass.

Character Information

  • Dolores
    30s,
    Latina
    ,
    Female
    mail carrier, possibly magical
  • Chrz
    20s,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    a brilliant young concert-goer and joy-mongerer, also possibly magical
  • Mags
    60s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    already older than her age, in many ways
  • Erns
    60s,
    White
    ,
    Male
    yearns to be younger than he is

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Union "First Peek" Series
    ,
    2016

Production History

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