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Whooda Thunkit? 

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WHOODA THUNKIT?, at TurnAround Theatre. This gently wacky look at unfulfilled dreams, written and directed by Cara DiPaolo, is a playful showcase for Andrew Friedman's performance of four entertainingly naive monologues framed by the idea that a young filmmaker is presenting them as interviews in a school project. The characters reveal their past hopes without self-consciousness, confessing to secrets that are often unexpected and inevitably goofy as they eat obscure snack food and drink and wield the tools of their trade. Friedman uses a floppy cloth doll as a partner in each scene, as a butterfly, a wife, an audience member, and an artist's model. As the monologues go on he treats the doll more like a doll, heightening the scenes' silliness. This half-baked naturalism is part of the production's charming sense of unreality, allowing us to float along with the stream-of-consciousness script.

This play about moments of fantasy uses witty caricatures to keep the audience hooked. Whooda Thunkit? will leave traces in your mind--a chuckle, a smart phrase, a sight gag, maybe even an odd craving for Bugles and Yoo-Hoo. You'll never know until you try it.

--Carol Burbank

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