A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 17.
ACT Theatre, 700 E Union St
"This 1967 gallows comedy by Peter Nichols follows an evening in the life of a couple whose daughter has cerebral palsy and how they use grotesque humor and storytelling to cope. In the first act, the mother (Leslie Law) and the father (Terry Edward Moore) tell us about the happy and tragic moments of their lives with equal merriment—the flatness of perverse glee being less painful than squarely facing to their ups and downs. Things pick up in the second act, when another couple comes over: a pompous, wealthy, self-described socialist (Brandon Whitehead) and his wife (Carol Roscoe). Then the mother/mother-in-law shows up and the real mayhem begins. The dynamism of all the characters in the second act partly makes up for some of the slackness in the first, which demands virtuosic performances from the mother and the father to sustain our attention, which aren't always delivered." (Brendan Kiley)
700 E Union St
Seattle, WA, 98101