This is a past event.
When: Sept. 12-Oct. 7 2012
Price: $25, $23 students and seniors
piventheatre.org
Earlier this year, Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully was slapped with an R rating, making it nearly impossible for children to see a film about their own daily struggles. It was a distinctly American example of the absurd and puritanical idea that kids are somehow blissfully ignorant of the world's cruelties rather than targets of them. By contrast there's this frank, kinetic 2009 drama by Brit playwright Polly Stenham, which uses young actors to unabashedly address childhood fears—powerlessness, abandonment, emotional isolation. A mentally unstable single mother walks out on her three children, leaving them to fend for themselves in a London flat (hauntingly designed by Chad Bianchi). Jennifer Green's beautiful, painful production demands much from the talented ensemble led by recent high school graduate Olivia Cygan, who conveys both the perseverance and naivete of a kid who knows she should be scared but doesn't understand why. —Dan Jakes

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