For the past nine summers, young actors and actresses ages 13-18 have come together for one month to participate in the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Intensive. Here students learn all aspects of theatrical production by acting in and producing two plays, which are performed at the end of the program. This year, they are putting on Bob Fosse’s Chicago and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
With Opening Night only two days away, we at the Playhouse and Underground find ourselves talking to people about Gruesome Playground Injuries, and we get the same reaction every time: “Oh…that sounds…good?” *insert quizzical look here*
It isn’t until we explain the story, the characters, and why the title is what it is, that people go, “Ahhhh, that does sound awesome.” *insert big smiles and nodding of heads here*
Trust us, once you see the show, the title makes total and complete sense. This show is not gory; it’s not scary. Yes, there are several F-bombs dropped, and other adult language and subject matters brought up we wouldn’t recommend bringing your 10-year-old to see. At it’s core, Gruesome Playground Injuries is the touching love story of two people, Kayleen and Doug, and how their scars keep bringing them together.
We ran across an article in The Hollywood Reporter that explains the premise of the show quite well. Give it a read, and then come check out the show. Bonus: It’s only 70-minutes long, so you won’t be out too late on a school night.