After asking Actors Guild of Lexington's Artistic Director, Eric Seale about his upcoming show, SMUDGE, which opens February 6, I discovered the best reason to grab my feller and go see it. My guy is not a big television fan, but he does love NBC's Parks & Recreation...
Seale tells me, "The play features Marshall Manley (RED, KING LEAR, GONE ASTRAY [Actors Guild]), Cindy Head (A CHORUS LINE [KCT]), and myself. It's a dark comedy that is both very funny and moving. Very modern. Rachel Axler is well known as a television writer for shows like Parks & Recreation."
"Cindy and Marshall play Colby and Nick a young married couple having their first child. The baby is born with 'a one in a million, undetected abnormality' never fully specified, but has to stay in a special pram to live. Nick, a census worker becomes obsessed with how a child such as his fits into statistics, and Colby deals with her feelings mostly through eating cheesecake and having arguments with the baby. I play Pete, Nick's brother and boss for the census. He's a somewhat clueless overgrown frat boy who is trying to find out why his brother is refusing to send pictures of the new baby to their overbearing mother while also dealing with Nick's falling down at work."
Eric adds, "While the play has serious subject matter it also is filled with humor, from gallows, to surreal, to absurd. And also manages to find some truly sweet moments as well."
The play is directed by Chrisena Ricci.
Actors Guild of Lexington