Touching Dark Comedy Kimberly Akimbo by Moxie Theatre
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time makes its way to the stage in the musical The Secret Garden. On a windswept moor in a lonely old house, a grieving widower and his sickly son spend their days lonely and lost, haunted by the ghosts of departed loved ones. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who has lost her family to cholera and come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. Her quest to find the key and restore the garden uncovers startling secrets and a family tragedy. With the help of her new friend Dickon and her cousin Colin, Mary brings new life to the garden and to her grief-stricken uncle. Presented by the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre and directed by Shaun T. Evans, this magical musical is the perfect vehicle for CYC's cast of talented young actors and seasoned professionals. Enhanced by a beautiful and powerful score performed by a live orchestra, the musical version of this beloved story is a delight for audiences of all ages. Learn More
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Featured review from Rita the DogRed Velvet
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I've now seen this production twice -- and the second time was even better than the first because I noticed a lot of nuances I'd missed. Great cast, funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Definitely worth the cost of admission.
Quotes & Highlights
- "You'd be nuts not to spend an evening with these lovable lunatics." --Pat Launer, KPBS
- "The Comedy of the Year. A haunting and hilarious new play. Kimberly Akimbo is a shrewd satire, a black comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone." --New York Times
- "A wacky, touching and totally charming dark comedy that gives a whole new meaning to 'coming of age story.'" --New York Daily News
Set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is an hilarious and heartrending new play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age at an increased rate. Kimberly is forced to re-evaluate her life while contending with her heavily pregnant, hypo- chondriac mother, her rarely sober father, her homeless, scam-artist aunt Debra, her own mortality, and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.
Kimberly becomes the parent to her dysfunctional family as they go out of their way to avoid her, in the hope that they will not have to confront the fact that she is nearing sixteen - the end of her predicted lifespan. Kimberly learns of the value of friends, discovers
Written By David Lindsey-Abaire
Directed By Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Starring: Linda Castro, Jason Connors, Jo Anne Glover, Liv Kellgren and Matt Scott