Dry Powder | Sonorous Road Theatre | Stage | Indy Week
When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 28
Price: $16-$20

This inaugural production by Sonorous Road's new repertory company reads like a mash-up of the Showtime series Billions and Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. Two top associates wrangle for power at a blue-chip private-equity firm after its principal, Rick (Dan Oliver), has made a serious PR misstep, throwing an extravagant engagement party the same day one of his businesses, a supermarket chain, laid off thousands of workers across the country. In the face of nationwide demonstrations, ongoing negative coverage from the Times, and hints of possible congressional action in the air, Rick's associate, Seth (Chris Hinton), comes up with a potentially company-saving play to acquire and create new jobs at an American luggage company. But a calculating Jenny (Sonorous Road cofounder Michelle Murray Wells), the numbers person, has a countermove in mind that will checkmate Seth—and then some. Sarah Burgess's 2016 script has the crackle of David Mamet in a tale of jackknife finance where everything and nothing is "just business." Marc Filiaci directs. —Byron Woods

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