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Seatbelts Required at Actors Workout Studio

“Fasten your seatbelts—it’s gonna be a bumpy night!” Bette Davis’s classic line from All About Eve applies equally to – and provides the title of – Seatbelts Required, a new play by Kimberly Demmary, now playing at The Actors Workout Studio.

Seatbelts has three half-sisters gathering at their mother’s house (depicted in classical middle America kitsch by set designer Brian Graves) shortly after her funeral...

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The Lonesome West at Ruskin Group Theatre

There must be something in the air or the water in the town in Ireland where Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, now playing at the Ruskin Group Theatre, takes place. The people all seem to be reprobates or depressives or both. There have been two, or is it three, murders of family members and several suicides in a very short period of time in this very small town. In fact, one of the main types of social gathering is the funeral...

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The Big Meal

The Big Meal is the big deal: the moments in life that really matter – birth, love, and death – chopped up into digestible bits and soaked in a vinegar-ish marinade for eighty minutes or so. It is also the big feel, in that its only subject is what we feel in our hearts as we go through these things, and the big for real, in that it is about characters who are relentlessly ordinary, and have no special tools or challenges, except the ones most of us have.

It is, in short, a play about you an...

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