a provocative surprise or two.See how expectations foul things up? If "Colorado" had opened first, we might have said something like: Who is this incredibly tall, talented playwright? (He's 6 feet, 6 inches tall.)What kept me from diving into "Colorado" the way I gladly dove into "Hunter Gatherers" was its familiarity.With its story of a Colorado family obsessed with its beauty pageant winning daughter, we're firmly in the realm of Jon Benet Ramsey, and there are also fleeting references to the Columbine tragedy, but those never get developed.With its humor emanating from the Air Max 90 Black Crimson
desperate sadness of all the family members (except the self involved, hyper spoiled beauty queen), the tone of "Colorado" bears more than passing resemblance to this summer's indie movie hit "Little Miss Sunshine."The two pieces share an attempt to blend the depressing and the hilarious.If "Colorado" director Elkhanah Pulitzer had aimed for more realism from her actors and set designer (granted, the limitations of the La Val's Subterranean basement space prevent a whole lot of realism), the blending would probably be more successful.But as it is, for much of its nearly two hours, "Colorado" hits harder with its broad comedy than it does with its sick and gnarly family dynamics.Perhaps a central problem is Tracey, the recent winner of the Miss Late Teen Colorado pageant. She says things to her father like "You didn't give up on me because you didn't have to" or "I'll love you as long as you put me first and never get in my way" that are like whipped cream concealing razor blades. She kidnapped her little brother's cat, Mr. Chop Chop, and renamed it Pussy Timberlake. And she pretends to be her mother's best friend even though the two women are having an affair with the same man.Each family member has a desire to see Tracey disappear, so it's not a huge surprise when she does.As Tracey, Adrienne Papp has the wooden smile, dead eyes and polished sheen of a real beauty queen, which makes it easy to laugh at her shallow cruelty. But come on, beauty queens are easy targets. It's hard not to laugh at them in any context.As the parents, Jon Nagel (the weak, ineffectual dad) and Klahr Thorsen (the hard, lonely, in denial mom) fuel their performances Air Max 90 Grey Wolf
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But over the summer, the Lobsters produced their first full length play, which just happened to be Nachtrieb's "Hunter Gatherers." The black comedy about the primal essence of even the most civilized yuppies became the break out hit of the summer, extending multiple times and running for three months at San Francisco's Thick House.Suddenly, Nachtrieb is the playwright to watch.All eyes are on him as he ventures across the Bay to Berkeley's Impact Theatre, where his "Colorado" opened last week.Because "Hunter Gatherers" was so good, we expect certain things from "Colorado": big laughs, twisted subject matter and Nike Air Max 90 Sale Junior
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