Smudge: Emmy-Winning Writer's Dark Comedy About Parenting
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Tom Stoppard's absurdist masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, tells the familiar tale of Hamlet in a very different way: by thrusting two of its minor characters into the narrative spotlight. Childhood friends of Hamlet who factored only briefly in Shakespeare's original tragedy, this existentialist comedy focuses on Rosencratz and Guildenstern during the times they were "offstage" -- showing both of them to be largely unaware of the dire events taking place on the periphery of their lives. A further reimagining of a reimagining, this production is set in a steampunk world, where visual aesthetics that blend Victorian elements with steam-powered machinery make for an even more intriguing spin on one of the most treasured tragedies of all time. Learn More
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I....don't know. Here's what I have to say about this - I thought the performers did well with the material they were given. The concept behind the story though - I just didn't totally get it. I could understand it on some level - a parent-to-be has certain expectations of a rosy new future, their child isn't at all what they imagined, and learning how to embrace your new reality is different for everyone. So yeah, I got what they MEANT to go for, but I just don't think the way it was presented was very good. The mother's abject hatred towards her child was just a little toooooo much and the father's complete ignorance that there was anything different about his child was a little too "happy happy joy joy". In the end, it just wasn't something I could get in to and found myself happy when it was over.
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.