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Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino, and Packie-now past their prime-meet off-hours one night in Frank's out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstance that only Frank seems to have a handle on. As Frank breaks out the good scotch, he kicks into motion an evening that abruptly accelerates from macho posturing and grievance airing to reveal a shocking, darker purpose. Enter Chad, a preppy college jock whose arrival-to sell the townies some ecstasy, he thinks-sets this taut, twisty comic thriller on its breathless course.
Upon its world premiere at L.A.'s Rogue Machine Theatre, Small Engine Repair swept every major Los Angeles theatre award including Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards for Best New Production and Best Writing, and won rave reviews upon its 2013 Off-Broadway premiere at MCC/Lucille Lortel.
'In a sequence of horrific, grotesque and comic twists . . . every passing remark becomes significant. A stunning investigation of classism, sexism, the lonely joys and terrors of bringing up a child, and the limits and possibilities of friendship' Los Angeles Times
'A casual reunion of three longtime buddies slouching unprofitably through their 30s ultimately betrays a darker purpose in Small Engine Repair, a raw, funny and well-tooled new play written by and featuring John Pollono, who is making an impressive, double-barreled Off-Broadway debut' The New York Times