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Rubber Chicken Theater Presents “Smudge” by Rachel Axler

Come see “Smudge” at the Duluth Playground at 7:30pm, January 27-29

Read the review from Oeuvre arts magazine here.

“Smudge” is a dark comedy that tells the story of a normal couple, Colby and Nick, who give birth to a freak of nature, a baby so deformed they cannot hold it, dress it, or even discern its sex. While Nick valiantly tries to bond with the infant, who is hooked up to feeding tubes and breathing machines, Colby binges on cheesecake and refuses to even look at the child. Despite its horror movie premise, this is a thoughtful play … with big questions to ask about parenthood.

The New Yorker said: “In its weird way, the play gets to the heart of the matter: most of us, when we’re young, look forward to happy, normal lives — 2.5 kids, a picket fence, all the flotsam and jetsam of the American dream — but end up with much more difficult realities.”

The New York Times said: “Creepy and funny. Precise and imaginative. Parenthood never looked weirder or more terrifying than it does in Smudge.”

“Smudge” was written by Rachel Axler, who won an Emmy for her work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” before joining the writing staff for the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” “Smudge” does contain adult language and situations.

It is being directed by Nathan St. Germain and features Anna Vogt, Keith Hursey, and Luke Moravec.

Tickets are $10 per person and be reserved by calling the Duluth Playhouse at (218) 733-7555 or online at duluthplayground.org.

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