Smudge: Emmy-Winning Writer's Dark Comedy About Parenting
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Winner of the Obie Award for Best Play, The Cryptogram is an acclaimed drama from one of the most celebrated, prolific and influential writers of the 20th century: David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag the Dog). Spotlighting the terrible -- and sometimes terrifying -- moment when childhood's ease and innocence vanishes, this gripping drama unfolds over the course of one late evening in 1959. A young boy waits up for his father, in eager anticipation of their pending camping trip. Denying his mother's urges to go to sleep, the boy is entertained by a family friend whose grown-up speak begins to reveal itself as a code that hides within it a number of uncomfortable secrets. Mixing mercurial intelligence with Hitchcockian menace, The Cryptogram is a spooky, subtle and witty piece of work. 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.