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Chris Acevedo, Kelly Parker, Christopher Meister, and Allie Long

Chris Acevedo, Kelly Parker, Christopher Meister, and Allie Long

Sergio Soltero

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2016
Price: $22, $17 students and seniors
Tympanic Theatre Company's tagline is "the best kind of weird," and Mary Laws's absurdist domestic drama certainly delivers on part of that. A seemingly benign misunderstanding at the breakfast table—that was pancakes, not toast—snowballs into Sarah Kane-level depravity and pandemonium. Seventy minutes of watching a man psychologically and physically abuse his wife (and sometimes vice versa) might sound provocative, but Laws's contrived script is such a laundry list—gunshots, doublespeak, simulated sex, creepy singing twins, diatribes about oil—that despite looking and sounding like a statement it never has much of anything to say. In case there was any subtlety to the domestic theme, though, a curtain call to Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" drives the point home. —Dan Jakes



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