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REVIEW: Good Luck MacBeth Presents “Monessen Falls”



Kip, a successful New York architect, and his young girlfriend, Phoebe, return to Kip’s hometown of Monessen Falls after the death of his mother. His brother, Ethan, still lives in the family home. The two brothers haven’t seen each other in 17 years, and from the nightmares, Kip gets at night to the wallowing guilt being pent up, a confrontation is sure to happen.

A story about two feuding brothers forced to reunite after the death of their mother, “Monessen Falls” beautifully captures the intense emotions that arise at tragic times like these. The dynamics of all the relationships are complex and interesting to watch unfold. As the story progresses, more layers begin to peel and the truth about the past is revealed.

The entire play took place in Kip and Ethan’s late Mother’s room. The set is old fashioned and dated, which makes the space feel real. The actors are able to interact with the room, and each area is utilized. It’s obvious the set was well-thought out, and so much of the story comes from the appearance of the room.

My favorite aspect of the performance was the acting. This story has a lot of intense emotions, and each actor displayed them at an impressive level. Each kiss, scream, and tear was felt by the audience.

There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t fully captivated by the performance. Each character had their unique antics, body language, and way of speech. It allowed them all to feel real and well-developed as if they weren’t characters at all. Bravo!

“Monessen Falls” left me feeling fulfilled. I don’t recommend the show to children due to mature language and adult conversations, but I urge all of age to go out and see the show. The level of performance was good enough to be a drama on T.V. So hit pause on your show and enjoy some live, local theater instead.


The Details

  • Web: http://www.goodluckmacbeth.org/
  • Directed by Sandra Brunell Neace
  • Written by Greg Burdick

Dates: 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25
House Opens at 7 PM
Show Begins at 7:30 PM


  • $18 in Advance
  • $20 at the Door
  • $30 V.I.P. Champagne Seating


  • Tashina Habibian as Phoebe
  • Aaron Foster as Kip
  • Bryce Keil as Ethan
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns has been living in Reno for over two decades. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her non-fiction work can also be found in Broadway Baby. When she isn't reviewing art and culture events in Reno, she's hogging the spotlight in karaoke or trying her hand at mixology.