The West Coast premiere of Emmy Award-winner Rachael Axler’s (NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) Smudgeis being presented by The Syzygy Theatre Group(Martin Bedoian, artistic director and Katherine Bedoian, managing director) at GTC Burbank. Directed by Darin Anthony the dark comedy featuresHeather Fox as Colby, Bart Tangredi as Peter and Mark Thomsen as Nick.
“As a young actor I had the pleasure of working with Joseph Chaikin. When I asked what connected his diverse body of work he laid his hand on my heart and said ‘Marty… all same.’ That simple statement has guided my play selection for Syzygy from day one,” says Bedoian.
“From my first read of Smudge it gave me that hand on heart feeling. I’m sure this play would have touched Joe’s heart; it entertains while asking questions and shows the beauty of sadness and joy.”
Director Darin Anthony says, “I have wanted to do this play for three years now. When I read it, I was immediately struck by its crushing subject matter on top and its soaring human emotion ragging underneath. Smudge is that very rare play that is both challenging and at times ridiculously funny.
“Rachel Axler is very clever, witty and above all smart. She is able to make you laugh and then punch you in the gut. She has managed to expertly capture style, symbolism, metaphor, and humanity while touching on some very powerful human wants, desires, and struggles.” He added, “I am always happy about working with the Syzygy Ensemble Members, from the cast to the designers to the production and artistic teams. It’s like coming home and working with family.”
In Smudge, Nicholas and Colby are going to have a baby. Looking forward to normal, happy lives they are as happy as expectant parents can be. As Colby and Nick struggle with their new life as parents and the life of their newborn, they begin to crumble and the meaning of life is again re-defined. The play is a sometimes droll, sometimes hysterical, and sometimes tragic meditation on perception, responsibility, a parent’s capacity to love, and what makes us human.
Smudge performs 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.Sunday through February 19. There is also a performance 8 p.m.February 3. Tickets are $30. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.syzygytheatre.org.
CTG Burbank is located at 1111-B West Olive Avenue in Burbank.
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