Reviews

The Lonely Few ***

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 3, 2024: At the entrance to MCC’s Robert W. Wilson Theater Space, where The Lonely Few is making its New York premiere, there’s a small table where audience members will find little packages of earplugs. If you’re sensitive to noise, don’t pass them up.

Ciara Renée

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 3, 2024: At the entrance to MCC’s Robert W. Wilson Theater Space, where The Lonely Few is making its New York premiere, there’s a small table where audience members will find little packages of earplugs. If you’re sensitive to noise, don’t pass them up.

Indeed, the score Zoe Sarnak has written for Rachel Bonds’ script is not composed completely of high decibel rock renderings. There are a few gentle ballads. There’s a bit of the blues. But often even songs that begin quietly end on notes that can break eardrums. For many this will be thrilling.

Lauren Patten, Damon Daunno, Helen J Shen, Ciara Renée, and Thomas Silcott.

The story The Lonely Few tells is neither complicated nor very original, except that the blossoming romance is between two women: Lila (Lauren Patten of Jagged Little Pill fame), who fronts a Kentucky band called “The Lonely Few” that plays at Paul’s Juke Joint, and Amy (Taylor Iman Jones), a well-known performer everyone in the band venerates.

Fortuitously, Amy has been left high and dry by her opening act. And when she asks Lila and her band, Paul (Thomas Silcott), on drums, and JJ (Helen J Shen), on keyboard, to become the replacement, love blossoms between the two. However, Lila has a booze and possibly drug-addicted brother, Adam (Peter Mark Kendall), whom she prioritizes over any relationship. And Amy has been seriously wounded by an ex. Will the lovers be able to overcome these challenges?

Damon Daunno and Lauren Patten.

Lila and Amy are not without resources. Paul (Thomas Silcott), who owns the joint and was married to Amy’s mother for a short time, serves as a mentor, counselor and perhaps substitute father for Amy, and Lila’s brother, despite his personal demons, loves his sister, sometimes unselfishly.

Trip Cullman and Ellenore Scott give the show smart direction, smoothly covering time lapses and long-distance phone calls. With the help of the set by Sarnak and Bryan Perri, they effectively recreate the atmosphere of a small-town dive.

If you like rock and romance, don’t miss this show.

The Lonely Few ***
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
511 West 52 Street.
Extended through June 9
Photography: Jeff Lorch

Ciara Renée and Lauren Patten.