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New Pics from Kimberly Akimbo

This winter I played Patty in the production of Kimberly Akimbo by the Schoolhouse Theater. Enjoy these photos taken on preview night. There were lots others I’m not posting here, but I wasn’t in any of them… so why bother. Am I right people?! Is this thing on? Patty talks into her tape recorder as an “oral history for the baby.” Kim tries to feed her mom but mom’s wrapped up in her own jokes. I’m always sitting in this play and someone’s always mad. ha! “You wanna name the baby?” The family is playing Trouble without Patty at 3 in the morning. Buddy turns on his present for the baby. I want this light effect for my dinner parties. Debra has no idea how to play this game. The family plays D and D with Jeff as Dungeon Master. “Hell no! That manticore has wings and claws and the body of a lion!” Jeff gets riled when the game goes out of control. Momma fell off a loading dock. Those god damned cabbages. Buddy in his chef hat and I in my robe. Patty has a baby on stage.


The critics LOVE Kimberly Akimbo!!

From the New York Times! From the CT Post! From the North County News! Even this lady liked us! Read the full articles below. Playing a Game of ‘Who’s the Adult Here?’ By ANITA GATES Published: March 11, 2010 One question has to be going through audience’s minds during “Kimberly Akimbo” at the Schoolhouse Theater: How old is Ruth Reid? Ron Marotta (IM)MATURITY The cast of “Kimberly Akimbo” includes Ruth Reid, Israel Gutierrez and Brian Hotaling. For once, this is a question an actress would want you to ask — or at least wonder about. Ms. Reid plays Kimberly, a typical teenager in many ways. She pouts when her father is late to pick her up. She kind of likes Jeff (Israel Gutierrez), the shy classmate who works at Zippy Burger. Playing Dungeons and Dragons, she adores the gore. (“They tore out my throat. Cool!”) Kimberly’s problem is that she has the body of a 60- or 70-year-old woman. The cause is not a wacky brain transfer like the one in “Freaky Friday” or in “Prelude to a Kiss.” It’s not a child’s wish granted too soon like the one in “Big.” It’s an honest-to-goodness disease similar to progeria, one that causes children to age at four and a half times the normal rate. Average life expectancy is 16, and Kimberly has just reached that birthday. Would that the shadow of death were her only problem. David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote “Kimberly Akimbo,” which was presented by the Manhattan Theater Club in New York in 2003, knows that no one’s life is simple and that human beings aren’t always that nice. (Consider his other work, like the Pulitzer Prize-winner “Rabbit Hole,” which focused on parental grief over a little boy’s death.) This simultaneously sweet and biting production, ably directed by Raymond Munro, keeps the comedy coming, but it never lets us forget that Kimberly’s parents are seriously deranged. Or maybe they’re just painfully immature. Pattie (Molly Hale) and Buddy (Brian Hotaling), with their cutest-senior-class-couple names, are probably about half their daughter’s apparent age. Buddy drinks too much and spends a lot of time reflecting on how much excitement he has missed, like seeing the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, by becoming a husband and father. But at least he tries to grasp the nobility of adult life: “Most guys are just guys who work, right?” he says, speaking into a tape recorder to his second, unborn child. “There’s no shame in that.” Yes, Pattie is pregnant, and she callously predicts, “This one is going to be perfect.” Pattie also has bandaged hands because of carpal-tunnel surgery, Thorazine in the medicine cabinet and, by Act II, a broken leg in a huge cast. She carelessly announces that she’s sure she has cancer and is going to drop dead at any moment, when it’s really Kimberly who isn’t long for this world. By comparison, Pattie’s sister, Debra (Mollie O’Mara), a black-sheep type who has been secretly living in the local library,…