‘Laundry and Bourbon’ and ‘Lone Star’ raise their glasses to small town Texas through Mar. 3 in NoHo

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A thoughtful and entertaining look at romantic and life woes in small town Texas, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star blend excellent acting, hilarious one-liners, and simple truths as friends bare their secrets and hurts.

In “Lone Star” is (L to R) R.J. DeBard, Nick Paonessa and Todd Andrew Ball. Photos by Doug Engalla

Laundry and Bourbon features three young wives sharing drinks and hard truths about marriage, relationships and life in tiny Maynard. Expressive Savannah Schoenecker captures the deep heartbreak of struggling, romantic Elizabeth, while Kristin Towers-Rowles gives a rollicking, over-the-top performance as the intense Hattie.

Lone Star reveals three men sharing laughs, beers and secrets later that night outside a bar, as high school hero Roy (Nick Paonessa) struggles with adjusting to reality after returning from Vietnam. Paonessa gives a powerful performance as the despairing but larger than life Roy, while R. J. DeBard brings innocent, humorous compassion to the simple-minded Ray.

Group Repertory Theatre Company’s production of the two one-acts offers an intriguing look at small town Texas and characters searching for happiness and success.

Director Barbara Brownell artfully blends humor and pathos, focusing on the intimate and personal, with high energy and pacing keeping things jumping.

The two one-acts play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through Sunday, March 3 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Main Stage located at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $25, $20 for students/seniors with ID, and $15 for groups of 10 or more. Visit TheGroupRep.com or call (818) 763-5990.        

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