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bombs in your mouth

OH DAD POOR DAD YOU KICKED THE BUCKET AND YOUR KIDS CAN BE KIDS AGAIN!

 

Fringe Festival Theater Review

by Harvey Perr

published August 14, 2007

 

bombs in your mouth

at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater

see schedule below

 

In Corey Patrick’s “bombs in your mouth,” which promises to be one of the better offerings of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival, Dad has died and left his will on a roll of toilet paper.  His ashes have been scattered, as he wanted, over an intersection in his home town somewhere in Minnesota, after his son, Danny, who has been taking care of him in his dotage, and his daughter, Lily, from whom he has been estranged, deliver kookily inappropriate eulogies at that very intersection. They no sooner get home than the beer comes out and the accusations fly and, before too much time passes, brother and sister are reduced to siblings in a playpen. Never has a father’s death meant so little. And playwright Patrick has a grand old time seeing these adults dissolve into a kind of idiotic childishness. The play could have ended after its first thirty minutes and been the funniest and yet most devastating kind of satire since the heyday of Nichols and May. Actor Patrick is every bit as talented as playwright Patrick and, in his skillful hands, Danny becomes a mass of comic contradictions that are always hilarious, surprising, and poignantly recognizable. Cass Bugge’s Lily is richly ironical, buttoned-up and falling apart in equal measure. Their director, Joseph Ward, clearly knows a thing or two about behavioral sciences. Plays about how little a father’s death can mean are really, of course, about how much it really means, and the play does eventually wander into more familiar territory before it’s over, including a plot twist with a built-in predictability, but, again, Patrick’s wry sense of humor keeps the play from the perils of sentimentality which hover at the edges. The play, while richly talented, never quite lives up somehow to the brilliant comic potential of its first thirty minutes. Still, if this is any indication of the overall quality of the work in this year’s Fringe Festival, we should expect a good deal of solid professionalism and a lot of plain old-fashioned promise.

 

remaining schedule for bombs in your mouth

Tuesday August 14 at 7pm

Wednesday August 22 at 9:15pm

Friday August 24 at 5pm

 

harveyperr @ stageandcinema.com

 
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