T Bone N Weasel
T Bone’s sidekick is Weasel (played by University of California, Davis, grad Damion Sharpe). Weasel is basically dependent; he’s also illiterate and appears to have a learning handicap. He comes from a violent, “white trash” background, and he just can’t sit still. Sharpe literally breaks into a sweat and nearly hyperventilates as he thrashes around the stage while words pour out. It’s memorable, but at times, it feels like a little too much of a good thing.
Rounding out the cast is the resourceful JG Gonsalves, who contributes a catalog of memorable cameos. They include: a cagey used-car dealer, a religious fanatic living under a bridge, a wealthy old woman, a classic Southern country sheriff, and a politician on the make. It’s a lot of fun watching Gonsalves make the switch as these characters arrive (and sometimes return).
Director James Wheatley uses a black-box set and handles the play as a sequence of casually related (almost disconnected) scenes—but then, Jon Klein’s meandering script doesn’t have a clear destination in mind. So, if the play ends rather than concludes, it’s probably what the playwright had in mind.