Clubbed Thumb presents a new comedy inspired by comic strips, 'Richie Rich,' and the 'Egyptian Book of the Dead.' More…
An ambitious regionally-syndicated cartoonist gets good news (she's a finalist for an award!) and bad news (her daughter did something very, very terrible). Life and the funnies, hilarity and pain converge, then rupture.
"Sweet and spiky...The five pitch-perfect cast members assembled here often suggest how Homer and Marge might function if they were translated into flesh and blood...Animating an artist’s work to mirror her life is by no means uncommon. Ms. Dufault’s variation on the theme, however, is strikingly bold and assured...This production makes a case for whimsy as a filter for shutting out and coming to terms with an unforgiving world and one’s unforgivable self." Full Review
"Dufault’s play alternates expertly between reality and the imaginary Egypt of King Tot, between laugh-out-loud humor and tragedy...Crudo delivers a captivating performance. I found myself on the edge of my seat at King Tot’s every word. In fact, the performances by the whole cast were touching and sincere, carving out a wholly believable world with truly sympathetic characters and real grief." Full Review
“Portia Krieger's production has to be judged in two sections: the superb first half-hour and the punchdrunk awkwardness of the last 40 minutes. In that first section, McNamara and Herlihy do darling, broad caricatures; Choksi's timing could be studied in clown college...Why does the second half feel so rushed? It may be that we're still seeing a work in process: first panels beautifully drawn, but the late ones still seem like sketches.” Full Review
See it if You value surprise at every turn, laughs, darkness, amazing sets for a small summer production with no particular weak elements.
Don't see it if You prefer a modicum of predictability. (I do valorize creativity, perhaps to a fault. You may not.)
See it if you want to enjoy a gifted cast bring this pensive, profound & hilarious rumination on the cruelties of grief to vivid theatrical life.
Don't see it if theatrically adventurous & irreverently funny explorations of grim topics (suicide, alcoholism, grief) rub you the wrong way.
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