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Smudge The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

Rachel Axler's 2010 play is both a comment on the absurdity of parental expectations and a horrific fantasy of disappointment. As the new mother of a disabled child, Colby (Stevie Lambert) experiences rage, repulsion, and resentment that feel scary and real. But the baby here is ultimately little more than a sight gag—people live with disability, and with disabled children, in ways far more complicated than this script can acknowledge. It might be funny if this were grotesque allegory, but Colby's torment also reflects reality—postpartum depression happens all the time. As a result, Ka-Tet's production, wavering between minor sketch comedy and major melodrama, is marked by tonal confusion, which feels more offensive than interesting. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $15-25


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