Small Engine Repair Review - Vrooom


Small Engine Repair

Written by John Pollono

Presented by Rogue Machine in Theatre/Theater


When I was wee, my Dad would take me with him to the barbershop. Even though I was young, I still had the overwhelming sense that my presence put a chokehold on the men’s conversation. Had I not been there swinging my little brown legs off the edge of that plastic red chair, those men would have been talking some serious trash. I’d noticed the Playboy magazines quickly shoved under the piles of Sports Illustrateds and fishing rags. Those guys weren’t fooling me entirely.


I finally got the inside scoop seeing Small Engine Repair by John Pollono at Rogue Machine Theatre. Now I know everything I’d been missing and it was well worth the wait. In no specific order, men talk about: girls, women, who’s getting how much sex (or not) and what sort, who’s working (or not) along with an exponential number of “fuck yous” tossed in and massive amounts of liquor quickly consumed.


Yet it would be selling men far short to think that’s all they talk about. Come on—those are just the icebreakers. Get past the stereotypical banter of three childhood friends now grown and shit gets real. That’s when the talk (is it conversation?) changes to who’s lost a soul mate. The granite-hardness of single parenting. Candor. Betrayal. Revenge. Now we’re talking.


It’s not long before you forget you’re watching a play and effortlessly fall into its rhythm and drama. It’s captivating. And just when you think you know the thing, Small Engine Repair will not let you get comfortable or complacent or let you assume for one second that you know what’s going to happen next. These 90 minutes are full of surprises.


Playwright and lead John Pollono has done a masterful job of crafting a tight, swiftly moving, smart plot that is as recognizable as it is unpredictable. Under the take-no-prisoners direction of Andrew Block, Pollono inhabits the character of the calm, steady guy with ease. Michael Redfield handles duties as the requisite loser living in Grandma’s basement. Jon Bernthal is the unrepentant libertine and Josh Helman is the New Guy on the scene.


That’s pretty much all you will be told at this time. And that this ain’t no sitcom. Come get your fix.


Make your ticket reservations by calling (855) 585-5185 or online here.


Where (click here for map):

Rogue Machine

5041 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90019

2 blocks west of La Brea

Easy street parking.



Now through April 30



Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.

(Don’t let the hour put you off. It adds to the setting.)

Sundays at 7 p.m.

Mondays at 8 p.m.

Running time is about 90 minutes with no intermission

Mature themes. Recommended for those who don’t still giggle at the word “tits.”





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