2008 Elliott Norton Award Nominee — Best New Play
Siblings Tommy, Mark and Annie are seemingly typical teenagers, playing video games and taking their frustrations out on their guitars and keyboards. Even Mom can't see through her own self-involved fog to what's really going on in this hard rock 'n roll fugue of secrets and betrayals and deep-seeded despair. Developed at Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Repertory of New Plays; workshopped at Boston Playwrights Theatre, March 2008.
“Gary, the new play by Melinda Lopez, blasts open with a raw burst of crashing rock. This is tricky stuff, with complex rhythms flowing beneath the surface, and Lopez handles it with assurance and power.…a hard-hitting and tightly directed staging." — Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe
"Lopez makes Gary rock! Gary does not deal with ethnicity, though what binds it and Sonia Flew is Lopez’s ability to dissect dysfunction with equal amounts of compassion and toughness. Do we love this people or hate them? Lopez gives everyone enough body that it’s hard to say." — Ed Siegel, The Boston Phoenix
"Rock ‘n rollers will be enamored of the 'story' behind the music." — Beverly Creasey, TheaterMirror
Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston MA — February 28-March 16, 2008. Directed by M. Bevin O'Gara.