Smudge: Emmy-Winning Writer's Dark Comedy About Parenting
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The socially-conscious theater company known as Step Up celebrates the season with a quintet of original short plays that explore all the highs and lows of the holidays. The stories run the relationship gamut, from two people meeting for a first date over coffee and an engaged couple determined to have the best Yuletide ever, to a family dealing with love and loss to find the true spirit of Christmas. On the festive side, there's a lighthearted piece set in a royal palace and one about a surprise visitor who happens to drop in on Christmas Eve. Come join the dysfunctional fun before having to face your own wacky loved ones this season. Learn More
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Featured review from Kara
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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.