What Is the Story of Rantoul and Die?
Rantoul and Die is the potent story of four people struggling to make it in Rantoul, Illinois. Rallis (Derek Ahonen) is trying, but failing, to pull himself out of a depression long enough to save his marriage to Debbie (Sarah Lemp), a woman exhausted by her dead-end work and by Rallis’ neediness and his smother-loving in place of sexual passion. Gary (Matthew Pilieci) is Rallis’ best friend, but he is really trying to pursue Debbie. Callie (Vanessa Vache) plays a crucial role, both as Debbie’s boss at the local Dairy Queen and as the keeper of a secret that ends the powerful play.
What Is Rantoul and Die Like?
Rantoul and Die is set in a town much like the rest of America, where working class people can no longer find the skilled jobs that pushed everyone upward financially for most of the second half of the 20th century. The line between tragedy and comedy is abolished in the The Amoralists’ production of Mark Roberts’ play, but director Jay Stull, the quartet of actors and the screwball black comedy keep the audience laughing even when things go from bad to worse.
Is Rantoul and Die Good for Kids?
Rantoul and Die includes a lot of profanity and adult content. The drama is too heavy for young children, but mature teenagers might be able to appreciate the play’s action and humor.