- by Michael Mace
review by Beth Lisick on sfgate.com (January
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- A bar-equipped theater that lets you enjoy
during the show is always a bonus, but in the case of
"Smoker," now playing at the Exit Theatre through
February 16, it almost feels essential. The two-act
play, written by local playwright Michael Mace and
directed by Laura Ellen Smith, is a stripped-down
study of the relationship between three men, with
plenty of booze, brawls and manly introspection.
- Thank the stars all parties involved realized this
easily be a recipe for cliché-ridden disaster.
Mace's script and the strong acting by Dave Garrett,
David Tenenbaum and Joe Weatherby happily
transcend many of the pitfalls involved when three
men try to get real with each other on a small stage.
Laced with humor and greatly complemented by a live
band, Bowater Beales and the Evil Boll Weevil
Boys, "Smoker" is as entertaining as a rowdy
the tavern, with just enough hangover to let you know
you've been stung.
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