A Nervous Smile: New York Premiere at The Kirk @ Theatre Row
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OY! is a collection of eight 10-minute comedies, each illustrating the meaning of a Yiddish word -- with story lines including the untold stories of Eve and Adam, Einstein's demanding mother, the divorce trial of God and the human, the use of unkosher food as an aphrodisiac, and three men in a sauna who communicate using only the word "oy." Appealing to audiences of all faiths and all backgrounds, OY! is a tribute to the absurdity and comedy of the condition universal to everyone: that of being human. Learn More
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“Provocative… honest, funny and compassionate.” —The New York Times
“A Nervous Smile brings a fresh, honest perspective and a surprising amount of humor to the emotionally difficult subject.” —Louisville Courier-Journal
By John Belluso
Directed by Ike Schambelan
A Nervous Smile is the final, most powerful play by John Belluso, a wonderful playwright with a disability who passed away tragically more than two years ago, on the cusp of a promising career. In the play, the wealthy parents of a girl severely disabled with cerebral palsy are strained to the breaking point by the burden of caring for their daughter. With a friend whose son also has CP, they decide to leave the burden of their children and fly off to South America and Europe. The play presents the consequences of their actions in a taut, riveting, fierce yet funny 80 minutes.
A Nervous Smile premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville and
TBTB presented John Belluso’s ‘The Rules Of Charity’ in the spring of 2007, which ‘The New York Times’ called ‘a dark, scalding play [in] a sharp New York premiere.’
Set and Lighting Design – Bert Scott
Stage Manager – Kimothy Cruse
Assistant Stage Manager – Brooke Elsinghorst
Melanie Boland, Pamela Sabaugh, Marilee Talkington, Nicholas Viselli