HORSE COUNTRY – by CJ Hopkins
It’s Sam-Shepard-meets-Sam-Beckett in Horse Country – a multiple award-winning absurdist love affair with words. The play begins with banter between two seasoned comedy pros, Bob and Sam, but quickly becomes a relentless, ravenous examination of our behavior, values, and beliefs in “post-everything” America. As the main characters slump at a table littered with the detritus of consumerism, their conversation ranges from card games to fishing trips to talking seal acts.
Yet everything this hilarious, yet ominous, duo touches on takes a deeper and more urgent meaning as the play seeps beyond the edge of the stage. Destined to become a classic of 21st-century theater, Horse Country is complex and provocative; a snapshot of a time when global capitalism emerges as the single most powerful force on the planet, and its people are just waking up to a supremely hollow victory.