Smudge: Emmy-Winning Writer's Dark Comedy About Parenting
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The last date listed for Smudge was Sunday June 23, 2013 / 2:30pm.
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A ringing cell phone starts off this madcap romantic comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House and Eurydice). When the peaceful ambiance in an otherwise-quiet café is interrupted by an incessantly ringing cell phone, Jean, the woman at the next table, becomes exasperated. Discovering that the phone's owner is dead, she answers the phone -- and soon finds herself dating the dead man's brother, sharing cosmopolitans with his widow, and meeting his mistress for a mysterious rendezvous. Jean's odd odyssey to set things right for the dead man results in resurrecting her own life by forcing her to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Learn More
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Featured review from Scott C.Red Velvet
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As an avid theater-goer I can NOT recommend this show. Although Scott Allen Luke and, especially, Stevie Chaddock Lambert did fine acting jobs, the material was neither interesting nor worthwhile. And don't get me started on the idiotic scenic design by Chad Bianchi! Who puts actors in a, literal, 3-sided box with sound-proofing material? And if the story has a slide presentation given by one of the characters, wouldn’t it make sense to have the presentation on a solid colored wall instead of a patterned one? I think so! But apparently Mr. Blanchi doesn’t possess COMMON SENSE! Go see something else worthwhile instead of wasting your money and 90-minutes on this show.
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Hoped for a good show but was disappointed. Not a fan... Found myself bored and annoyed with the story and some of the acting - wanting to leave after 30 minutes but trapped by an intermission-free performance. Regardless, a nice evening out....continued
First-time parents Nick and Colby have given birth to Cassie, a baby that is not at all who they believed she would be. While Nick earnestly attempts to bond with the baby, Colby is horrified, ambivalent and humorously hostile, calling the baby a “freak,” a “creature” and a “smudge.” A reality they never imagined confronts their expectations of parenthood, and their marriage begins to crumble. At times funny, at times achingly sad, Smudge is a play about the disasters we don’t plan for, and how we come to accept them.