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|L-R: Bobby Miller and Julie Layton|
Photo: John Lamb
My take: Personally, I'm not much for dysfunctional family comedies, but this one seems to have a lot going for it. "The first thing to know about this play," writes Andrea Braun in her review for 88.1 KDHX, "is that it is hilarious...there is a lot of wordplay among absurd people in ridiculous situations which, of course, is the basis for humor. Normally, it’s hard to pull real comedy out of a piece when there is nobody to like, and that is certainly the case here (except for the nurse). But laugh we do."
My take: SATE does not shy away from material that's unusual, challenging, confrontational or even politically loaded. This double bill would appear to be all of those things. "Torture, trust and the unknown," writes Tina Farmer in her review for 88.1 KDHX, "are deep subjects to cover in an evening that combines modern dance and a short play. The Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble has chosen to take a bold path with its presentation of Nine, a provocative and brutal short play, and Sketch, a dance by the Leverage Dance Theatre. The evening presents powerful questions but offers no easy answers, which only increases the impact of the show." Not many theatre companies are willing to roll those particular dice. Those that do probably deserve our support.