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 KaraRed Velvet
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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.
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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...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.