REVIEW: Love means having to visit the nurse’s office

When we first meet Doug (Robert Lee) and Kayleen (Sarah Lueck), they are in the nurse’s office at a parochial school. He has injured himself emulating his hero, Evel Knievel, while she says she has a stomach ache. As the years go by, we see that Doug is more than just accident-prone and that Kayleen has been hurting herself in less dramatic ways.

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The narrative proceeds in two timelines. Projections on the rear wall tells us the age of the two characters and display photographs of Lee and Lueck, presumably at those same ages.

The poster for this play declares it to be, “A love story written in the scars,” but the wordplay aside, this is by no means a conventional love story. He has a thing about roofs, while she longs for dungeons, and their only common ground seems to be nurse’s offices and hospital rooms.

In this play, “Does it hurt?” takes the place of the declaration “I love you.”

The physicality of their characters at each age is quite good, especially as 13-year-olds rockin’ out their dance moves, but even more impressive is the continuum each creates vocally, where you can still hear echoes of the kids they were 30 years down the road.

To read the full review, visit Duluth News Tribune online.

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GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES runs Thursdays thru Saturdays until October 10, 2015. Get your tickets by going online at duluthunderground.org, calling 218.733.7555, or by stopping by the box office the night of the show or during regular business hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

Ticket Prices: Adults – $16 | Students – $12 | BOGO ALERT: Mention seeing this blog post and receive 2-for-1 tickets to the night of your choosing.

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This review was originally published on October 2, 2015 and was written by Lawrence Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune.

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