Robert Avila for SF Bay Guardian
Shotgun Founder Dooley Aims Play 'In Your Face'
SF Bay Guardian
La Val's Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid, Berk; (510)
704-8210. $10-20. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. Through May 10.
Players presents Harry Kondoleon's vicious but delicious family farce, a suburban
nightmare haunted by a frustrated nonconformist, Ian (Patrick Dooley),
making the short career hop from misanthropic theater critic to vampire.
has already set into his budding bad playwright of a brother Ed (Dave
with a blood-drawing review of Ed's patriotic play about, yeah, America.
he's onto his repressively good-natured wife, C.C. (Beth Donahue),
teeth bared. But families are a pain in the ass, and everybody's a
bloodsucker here. Ed's wife, Pat (Kimberly Wilday), their wayward goth
child, Zivia (Nina Auslander), and local snake-oil mystic Porter (Robert
Martinez) are all part of the pack. Joan McBrien directs a cast with
comic timing and a relish for their roles. At the black heart of this
is Kondoleon's clever if not always successful satire of suburbia's
spiritual death, and the longing for purpose among the characters takes
absurd manifestations that prove all too familiar. Where nothing is
everything is permitted. And these guys wouldn't know the sacred if
walked up and bit them. (Avila)
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