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  Small Jokes About Monsters at Berwyn Cultural Center

Small Jokes About Monsters

Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street Berwyn

Ryan says there are three different kinds of funny people: Godzillas, Mothras and Gameras. He and his two brothers rent a beach house after their estranged father's funeral to open the envelope their father left them. When their mother shows up, truths are revealed and tempers flare. Small Jokes About Monsters is a comedic family drama about how we choose to deal with trauma, and how we use humor to cover it up.

Presented by 16th Street Theatre

Thru - Feb 23, 2019

Price: $18-$22

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 708-795-6704 x105

Running Time: 1hr, 30mins

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Rough and unpolished as it may be, I thought this a live, present, in-the-moment little show, filled with kind-hearted and generous acting. Slater (a very capable actor usually stuck playing patriarchal corporate jerks) clearly relishes his rare chance to show us another side. And Cruz is just fabulous throughout — he takes a deep dive into his laughing, crying, ever-joking guy, trying to find his way to a serious recovery."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Strafford adheres pretty closely to the dramatic structure of this kind of play-the ending is pure Chekhov-but his gift for strong dialogue and original characters keeps things from getting too predictable. It helps that this 16th Street Theater production under the direction of Kristina Valada-Viars is well paced and filled with strong actors who know how to make their characters compelling, which keeps the story fascinating and fresh."
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Jack Helbig

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Another modern twist Stafford provides is that he doesn’t pretend legacies of abuse and neglect or the maladaptive behaviors people develop in response to them have a clean resolution. New information gets revealed, and the family members understand themselves and each other better. But that doesn’t fix everything between them, or even necessarily put them on the path to fixing things or breaking things off. Life is a series of days, indeed."
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Jacob Davis

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