The play takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Apparently Roy cherishes three things above all; his country, his sexy young wife, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as it gradually comes out that Ray had slept with his brother's wife during his absence and, horror of horrors, has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. But, despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began.
Presented initially by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and then produced successfully on Broadway, this hilarious study of a pair of Texas "good ole boys" on a Saturday night carouse introduced an exciting new playwright of major potential. Conceived as a companion piece to follow Laundry and Bourbon, with which it constitutes a full evening of theatre, this play can also be presented independently with equal effectiveness. "What an auspicious Broadway debut this amounts to!" —The New Yorker. "The evening unveiled a major comedic writing talent." —Hollywood Reporter. "LONE STAR is an uproarious comedy about two bawdily rambunctious Texas brothers peppered with the playwright's own special brand of cascading, spontaneous wit." —NY Times.