“Small Engine Repair,” a raw, funny and well-tooled new play written by and featuring John Pollono, who is making an impressive, double-barreled Off Broadway debut.

BY CHARLES ISHERWOOD | NOVEMBER 18, 2013 A casual reunion of three longtime buddies slouching unprofitably through their 30s ultimately betrays a darker purpose in “Small Engine Repair,” a raw, funny and well-tooled new play written by and featuring John Pollono, who is making an impressive, double-barreled Off Broadway debut. Mr. Pollono was born in New England but currently works as an actor and writer in Los Angeles. He’s returned to his roots, after a fashion, in “Small Engine Repair,” which is set in a greasy garage in Manchester, N.H., and opened on Wednesday night at the Lucille Lortel Theater, in an MCC Theater production. (Given the play’s successful earlier run in Los Angeles at Rogue Machine Theater, I’m surprised Mr. Pollono hasn’t already been snapped up by the hungry maw of television.) Mr. Pollono’s Frank Romanowski plies the trade of the title. He had bigger plans for his life, but his girlfriend got pregnant when he was a high school junior. Frank became a young father and had to make a living, and he essentially raised his daughter, Crystal, himself. She’s now 17: roughly the age at which her father’s and mother’s lives were so irrevocably altered, a fact that will … Read More

Adam“Small Engine Repair,” a raw, funny and well-tooled new play written by and featuring John Pollono, who is making an impressive, double-barreled Off Broadway debut.

Client John Pollono Brings ‘Small Engine Repair’ to New York

BY JESSE McKINLEY | PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 14, 2013 John Pollono said he was knee deep writing a play about 19th-century Boston, the art of dueling and the myriad rules that govern such gunplay, when it suddenly occurred to him to lighten up. “I was like, ‘I just want to write something from the world I know,’ ” Mr. Pollono, 38, said. “And the people I know.” Those people turned out to be the trio of characters at the heart of “Small Engine Repair,” a dark comedy about a group of former high school friends whose haven’t aged well and whose current plans involve the possibility of strippers, some serious Internet shenanigans and perhaps a little vengeance. A New Hampshire native, Mr. Pollono set the play in that small state’s biggest city, Manchester, a mill town that has reinvented itself as a popular Boston commuter hub. As Mr. Pollono suggested, he knew all too well about people who felt as if their world ended at the Massachusetts border. “I did not grow up around any creative people,” said Mr. Pollono, the child of an engineer (dad) and a retired travel agent (mom). “I was hankering to be a writer and an actor, … Read More

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James McAvoy-starrer “Filth,” book written by Irvine Welsh, receives British Independent Film Award Nomination

By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Monday November 11, 2013  Scottish director David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up was acquired for U.S. distribution last week by Tribeca Film. Today, the movie scored eight nominations for the 16th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards. Clio Barnard’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title, The Selfish Giant, follows with seven nods, and three films picked up five each: James McAvoy-starrer Filth; the UK’s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Metro Manila; and Roger Michell’s Le Week-End. Save for Filth, the above titles are selected in the Best British Independent Film category along with Stephen Frears’ Philomena. The latter also scored mentions for lead actress Judi Dench and lead actor Steve Coogan. Coogan is also nominated with Jeff Pope for the film’s screenplay which won the pair a prize in Venice. Another Venice title, Under The Skin, divided critics on the Lido, but received a series of nominations today including for lead actress Scarlett Johansson. Tom Hardy man-in-crisis-in-a-car movie, Locke, picked up three nods for actor, screenplay and editing. Winners will be announced on December 8th at the Old Billingsgate in London. Following is a full list of nominees: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Metro Manila Philomena The Selfish Giant Starred Up Le Week-End BEST DIRECTOR Jon S Baird – Filth Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant Sean Ellis – Metro … Read More

AdamJames McAvoy-starrer “Filth,” book written by Irvine Welsh, receives British Independent Film Award Nomination