Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue

May 17, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017

Shimberg Playhouse

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Stumpy and Latham are working-class housepainters in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Husband and wife Bummy and Lexi are their upscale clients. Blue may be the color being painted on the walls, but blood-red and blackmail emerge as dominant hues on the palette in this dark comedy. Hang onto your drop-cloths because Horovitz is about to take you into a story painted with seduction, betrayal and deceit. Who will cash in their paint chips first and take the fall? Who will be left standing when the last lies are told? With themes of gentrification, economic inequality and infidelity, this pitch-black comedy will feel right at home in Tampa. 

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"one of the most exciting, unpredictable, laugh-out-loud funny and enjoyably pitch-black experiences I've ever had at the theater ...This is one of Horovitz's strongest scripts, which is saying something." —BroadwayWorld

"Sometimes a show comes along that does everything. It engages the senses on every level, tells a story that feels real, and keeps you guessing to the end. Gloucester Blue, at Jobsite Theater, is such a play. " — Tampa Bay Times

"genuinely suspenseful, unpredictable and entertaining ... it’ll keep your butt on the edge of its seat." — Creative Loafing

"a combustible mixture all around ... illicit hanky-panky, the class tensions between blue collar and upper crust, and a more primal personality clash between Latham and Lexi ... he blends elements of crime thriller, black comedy, and psychological war-of-nerves drama, the playwright demonstrates his trademark knack for pungent, character-illuminating dialogue [and] for generating suspenseful one-on-one showdowns. " - The Boston Globe

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