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Gruesome Playground Injuries

 

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Local artists Evan Hall and Merran Carr-Wiggin’s return to Gruesome Playground Injuries after five years is a slow burning and unhappy play. Their characters, Doug and Kayleen, respectively, reveal their stories to the audience though several significant meetings throughout their lives from ages 8–38. However, they aren’t feel-good revelations. Both characters are painfully flawed in a raw way that’s often not equally shared between two leads. Doug’s daredevil stunts persist as part of his identity in a complicated way. Kayleen struggles with physical and mental traumas constantly. They each wrestle with interpersonal struggles and the overlaps between their flaws and each other pulls the viewer along through their playground of life. Any audience can empathize with the glimpses we get of their world, at least in part—but Hall and Carr-Wiggin’s display of their character’s conflicts was like a toiling wrench of my gut. Their prowess as artists deserves props for this execution: groovy tunes accompany their on-stage wardrobe and scene changes to provide additional narrative context, and they play off each other wonderfully in their dialogue to contrast it. As a result, this is a challenging play to watch, in that it provides little solace for those looking for reassurance as they push on in life. Instead, the well-crafted discomfort of this production will stick with you for a long time. Reviewed by Kevin Pennyfeather.
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4.5/ 5


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  • 11:59 pm - 2017/08/17
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