Red Shuttleworth, High Plains Fandango. New York: Humanitas Media Publishing, 2015. 151 pp. Paper, $14.99. High Plains Fandango begins with a collage of characters who quick- ly establish the past and present of a failing small town in the High Plains of Nebraska. As the play unfolds we learn of a plan to re- vitalize the town by building on its western frontier identity, and a newcomer, Ken Adams, seems to have the means. He invests in business after business and may be gaining a controlling interest in the town. After failing to win over a local teenager, however, Ken fi nds his hidden agenda to buy up water rights exposed. After an unspecifi ed leap forward in time, we join O’Gare, the local rancher, who has registered his objection to Ken’s plan with violence. Th e fi - nal scene reveals O’Gare as sheriff with his “pet” Ken, putting forth the story that Ken failed in a suicide attempt. O’Gare clearly con- trols what happens in the town with the same fi rm hand he uses to run his ranch. Shuttleworth has deftly woven a complex piece of ecocriticism focused on water supply into a suspenseful drama. Th
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