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  Musket and the Rat at The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts

Musket and the Rat

The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts
1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. Los Angeles

Musket Cherry is a young woman who lives in a gritty, rugged, ungentrified neighborhood in Chicago. Her mom is a deadbeat alcoholic. Musket’s anchors are her beloved brother Weso, her best friend Gay Stevie, and her boyfriend Billy. Times are tough. Musket supports her family by selling heroin and comforts herself with lots of weed. Bad things happen. Weso is arrested on a trumped-up charge and killed in jail. Billy is jumped and robbed. Musket decides to set things right by arming herself. In a world where justice does not exist, maybe those who wrong her will understand her gun. Can Musket prevail over the forces arrayed against her? Profanity, one sexual situation. Leave the kids at home.

Thru - Jan 18, 2020

Price: $30

Show Type: Drama

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The Tolucan Times - Recommended

"...Written by Sammy Horowitz, Musket and the Rat, currently running at Arena Stage Hollywood, is divided into two well-paced acts. For much of Act One, Musket is in control, alternately cajoling and dominating the two men who mean the most to her, Gay Stevie and her boyfriend, Billy."
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Tom Waldman

NoHoArtsDistrict - Recommended

"...Plays like these, full of grit and intensity, hard-fought humor and deeply felt love are few and far between. These are the stories of the streets that most theatre goers do not live on. And yet the theatre is such an important place for them to be told. Theatre is life and death, quite literally darkness and light. These stories are ancient ones and worth telling over and over if only to remind ourselves where our world really is. Fighting to survive every day with poetry and terror and love."
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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Musket and the Rat is a well-structured play with a well-earned twist, although the final moments could use a bit more breathing room to allow the surprise ending to land. Musket is a complicated protagonist who both participates in and is victimized by the cutthroat world around her. This makes her story all the more truthful — and vital to include in the often male-centric conversation about drugs and gang violence. It also underscores that side of a city that gentrification hides — even though this play is set in Chicago, its parallels to Los Angeles are clear."
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Taylor Kass

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