New York City
Local playwright Art Devine directs resident actors in the show 9-Ball, based on a true story about an identity swap in Lynn, MA during the Vietnam War. Based on a factual event that transpired on Boston’s North Shore, the play tells the story of two young men who change lives, one to evade Vietnam’s draft the other to escape a criminal life on the dangerous streets of inner-city Lynn, relocated to Troy, NY in the play. When Larry Doucette gets drafted, he approaches street punk Richie Feinberg with a proposal: “why don’t I become you and you become me?” Forever changed through one fateful handshake, 9-Ball is a raw and real exploration of war, friendship and how one moment will ultimately transform a person’s life.
“Devine’s device of interlacing scenes is clever and often effective…”
— Boston Globe
“…Art Devine’s 9-Ball is everything a great night of theater should be — thought-provoking and exciting…”
— Cape Cod Times
“…9-Ball racks up an impressive score.”
— Boston Phoenix
“A small theatrical miracle is happening on Boston’s Tremont Street this spring: a play of acute conviction…Because of its excellence and the power of the acting ensemble, there’s no predicting where it will land next.”
— Patriot Ledger
“…a rarity: a play that sheds light on the unintended consequences of war, abroad and at home.”
— Bill Marx, WBUR
“…a visceral production that never flags.”
— Boston Herald
Appropriate for audiences 17 and up.