Miss Lilly Gets Boned

By Bekah Brunstetter

Photo credit: John Perrin Flynn


Miss Lilly Gets Boned
By Bekah Brunstetter
Rogue Machine Theater

Starring: Larisa Oleynik, Tasha Ames, Iman Nazemzadeh, Kavi Ladnier, Justice Quinn, Brady Amaya

Set Design: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz; Costumes: Jocelyn Hublau Parker; Lights: Martha Carter; Sound: Christopher Moscatiello; Projection Design: Michelle Hanzelova; Fight Designer: Ned Mochel Dialect Coach: Hollace Starr



LA Times:
L.A. theater best bets: A virgin’s chance at romance in ‘Miss Lilly’ at Rogue Machine
Why this? As in the “The Cake,” the playwright’s Southern Baptist upbringing shapes her protagonist’s ethical and spiritual quandaries, updated and sharpened with her director, Rogue Machine co-founder Robin Larsen. The magical realism of “Miss Lilly” is closer to the writer’s work for “American Gods” than “This Is Us” — less formally structured, more adventurous and much, much darker.

Broadway World:
Rarely is there a production of such high quality within such a small space, where all elements (cast, artistic, script, direction) gel-together so well that they form an incredible evening of theatre.

Hollywood Progressive:
Boned’s high caliber cast and crew are full of award winners, epitomized by director Robin Larsen…
Larsen adroitly oversees Boned’s Julie Taymor-like bold visualizations and well-acted ensemble.
Boned possesses one of those things I value most in the arts—originality—and is indeed an exceedingly audacious, unique and imaginative production that is always entertaining.
…must-see, essential theatergoing.

WOW! Captivated me from start to finish… Under Robin Larsen’s incisive, imaginative direction, an all-around splendid cast walk the comedic-dramatic tightrope with finesse…

Onstage Los Angeles:
Robin Larsen’s finely tuned direction and an excellent cast mesmerizes…

LA Observed:
Boned takes its audience on a wild ride, and Robin Larsen’s cast is up to the challenge…

Inspired by the animal in all of us, playwright Bekah Brunstetter converted her intrigue into one of her early plays, MISS LILLY GETS BONED. Well-known for multiple pieces which have been performed around the country, as well as the first three seasons of NBC’s “This is Us,” Brunstetter imaginatively explores the tenuous boundaries which separate our civilized side and our animalistic one – a comparison which also intrigued Sigmund Freud as he conjured up his concepts of super ego and id. What might happen if our id were chained up – and then became free?

Directed by Robin Larsen, MISS LILLY GETS BONED draws some interesting parallels between animal and human. Even after death, that pesky elephant remains a destructive force to be reckoned with. Gifted with a talented cast, MISS LILLY GETS BONED proves to be an entertaining and sometimes intriguing study of people faced with catastrophic challenges.

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