THE EDGE THEATRE: 12/4 – 12/27
L-R: Missy Moore, Andrew Uhlenhopp, Emily Paton Davies and Emma Messenger (photo credit: Rachel Graham/RDG Photography)
Exit Strategies is a black comedy about a dysfunctional family in which the irreverent comedy nearly overshadows the darkness.
At the top of the play Chance Gold, a somewhat successful playwright, returns home for his father’s funeral.
Accompanied by his hooker friend Kai (Missy Moore), Chance prepares to do battle with his estranged mother (Emma Messenger) and sister, Rachel (Emily Paton Davies.)
Andrew Uhlenhopp is a whirlwind of acerbic wit and amusing gesticulation as Chase, a man whose exit strategy from reality is drinking “because it makes other people more bearable.”
Emma Messenger portrays mama Sheryl with passive aggressive matriarchal swipes filled with guilt-laden barbs aimed at each and all.
Emily Paton Davies as Chance’s sister Rachel, anchors the play with a solidly realistic portrayal full of scalding vengeful rage.
As Kai, a very sexy Missy Moore portrays the voice of reason in the play while providing support for Chance, who’s already grieving the loss of his life partner.
Kate Marie Folkins’ direction is very fine indeed.
As for Jeffrey Neuman’s writing? A+
The Edge Theater presents
December 4-December 27
Fri./Sat. @ 8 p.m.; Sun. @ 6 p.m.; Thur., Dec. 10 & 17 @ 8 p.m.
(No performance on Friday, December 25)
303-232-0363 or online at www.theedgetheater.com.
The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller Street, Suite 200, Lakewood CO 80214. Free Parking.