Reckless, a Comic Christmas Fable, from SpeakEasy Stage
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The last date listed for Reckless was Saturday December 12, 2009 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts:
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Sometimes "livin' large" is no kind of living at all. At least not when you're tipping the scales at 600 pounds like Charlie, the moving (but nearly immobile) protagonist of The Whale. Since the death of his boyfriend, Charlie has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to death. His only friend, a nurse, nearly kills him with kindness while his only acquaintance, a troubled young missionary, is determined to rescue his soul. Unwilling to seek medical treatment despite his rapidly declining health, Charlie instead attempts to reconnect with the teenage daughter he hasn't seen in 15 years. Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise) wrote this humorous and devastating drama that won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Deborah
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This was by far one of the strangest plays I have ever seen. It was dark, something my friends and I didn't quite expect. As the other review states, I will say that the acting was quite good. The story, however, leaves much to be desired. There were parts that were funny and other parts that were just too bizarre for words. If you read the write-up in the program about the writer, you will realize the similarities to his own very sad life. We noticed that when people left the theatre, conversation was strangely absent. Normally, people are talking excitedly about the play all the way out of the theatre. I don't think the patrons could figure out what they just saw. The only good thing I can say about it is it was the subject of our conversation for the whole ride home. We were trying to figure out why someone would write (and eventually make into a play) a story that was so sad and bizarre.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Fast, furious and funny” <em>--Boston Globe</em>
- "A show that's both affecting and filled with belly laughs!" --<em>Providence Journal</em>
From playwright Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss) comes this darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. When Rachel is forced to flee her home on Christmas Eve, she embarks on a series of comic misadventures that test her belief that it is indeed a wonderful life. Scott Edmiston directs an all-star Boston cast that includes Barlow Adamson, Marianna Bassham, Larry Coen, Kerry A. Dowling, Sandra Heffley, Will McGarrahan, and Karl Baker Olson. Paula Plum will be in the cast until the December 6 matinee. Maureen Keiller will step in to perform her roles for the final week of the run, from Tuesday 12/8 through Saturday 12/12.
About the Ticket Supplier: SpeakEasy StageOver the past nineteen seasons, SpeakEasy Stage Company has distinguished itself as Boston's premier theater staging Boston premieres. Year after year, SpeakEasy has won acclaim for presenting top-quality productions of vital, cutting-edge plays.
Recently, SpeakEasy was singled out by Variety, the entertainment newspaper, as a force in regional theater and a champion of small, often overlooked musicals.