I've been so nutsy-busy I haven't gotten to do much with this year's New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater. (Bad dog!) But I did get to the reading for last night's Exit, Pursued by a Bear. This play by Lauren Gunderson was hilarious! About a serious issue - domestic abuse - it was nevertheless very very funny. And quotable: the best line I remember (others flew by too fast) was the wife, hoping her unborn child is a boy because, "My goal is to repopulate the world with gentlemen."
If you've never been to the reading of a new work - go! It is exciting to hear new material and to see actors grapple with it raw; there's a special camaraderie to audience and cast; and it's fascinating to see how a text works, stripped of "production values" like costumes and set (did I say that?). For this piece I kinda vote don't ever give it a set - not a realistic one - because the mental pictures evoked by read descriptions and stage directions are funnier than reality is likely to be. Loved it.
Still a few performances of Ponzi left - go see a new play!