I went to the show both because I trust the actors--having seen Judge work before--and because I and fellow UH MFA '09 grads may well mount one or two shows ourselves, in the coming months. I wanted inspiration and I got it.
The first show I was ever paid to act in was similarly put up by several guys, in Portland, Or, who'd been carrying the script of Glengarry Glen Ross around in their back pockets for years, and to this day that show remains one of my favorite performance experiences. There is no such thing as 'essential' or 'basic' or 'pure' theater (which I recently heard a young actor call such shoestring productions), because almost by definition, theater is extraneous. It is all ritual and pageantry--all spectacle--down to its roots, unconnected with the daily tasks of survival. The most 'realistic' or 'naturalistic' theater out there is, at it's heart, spectacular, even if it's on a bare stage (e.g., Shakespeare's plays had little or no scenery, but they did employ extravagant costumes and language.) BUT, we actors do well to remind ourselves that we don't necessarily need big budgets or props or supporting funds to create satisfying, right-sized, dramatic spectacle. All we really need is passion, commitment and skill to do so. Most of the time, I do want real financial and material support from others to make theater, if for no other reason than our capitalist society makes it almost impossible for us to sustain our energies to do excellent work again and again, without it (e.g., we need to hold down day jobs!) But, some of the time, we should thumb our nose at all that, and pick ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We refuel ourselves when we do. Cleanse our palettes. Get better at our craft. And delight our equally dedicated audiences.
Go see The Caretaker. It's cheap, and you'll be entertained. You may find performance information on Facebook. Search for "Stagger Lee," and you're there.