note: entire contents copyright 2007 by Beverly Creasey
For those of you who don’t know, the Hovey Players in Waltham have a tiny theater space and big talent. You have only this weekend and next to see their hilarious production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s KIMBERLY AKIMBO.
Abaire’s characters are oh so strange---in a wonderful, surprising, sardonic way. Consider Kimberly. She’s comparatively normal for a child with porphyria. The rapid aging which is the hallmark of the disease makes the teenager look like she’s seventy but that’s not her worst problem. Her parents are insane. And just when you think her parents are the limit, up pops an aunt who makes them look tame. As for the scheme the aunt sets in motion, let’s just say it leads to a lovely, warm and fuzzy ending.
Director Michelle Aguillon gets crackerjack comic work from the entire cast: From Mary O’Donnell as the bewildered Kimberly; from Harley Yanoff as her delightfully clueless, nerdy boyfriend (in Kristina Perry’s inspired T-shirts); From Andy Moore and Sara Jones as Kimberly’s off-the-wall parents and from Christine Connor as the devilishly larcenous aunt. Don’t miss out.