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posted Friday, March 30, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 13
Stuck on an interesting idea
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Stuck on an interesting idea

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Stuck
Washington Ensemble Theatre
Through April 9


WET (Washington Ensemble Theatre) truly lives up to its edgy reputation in presenting a new homegrown work, Stuck. Jessica Hatlo developed this play after hearing a news report about a woman who had sat on a toilet for so many months that her skin literally grew around the seat and had to be surgically removed.

It is one of those too-unreal-to-be-true stories that is really stranger than fiction. Could someone really sit on a toilet that long? And have a boyfriend who keeps her alive but doesn't insist that she get up from the toilet? Really?

Hatlo tried to work backward to decipher how these people might have incrementally, day by day, found themselves in this horrific predicament. It sounds like a great premise, with inherently interesting characters.

As the play begins, Amy (Kay Nahm) and Daniel (Alex Matthews) are already months into this incrementally awful lifestyle. Danny takes care of Amy by feeding her and visiting her while she obsessively watches TV. He even sleeps next to her. He arranges not to have to even use the toilet by making sure he 'goes' at work (except for one emergency, where the audience is treated to him having to move his bowels onstage with impromptu equipment).

Amy is in the thrall of television - talk shows in particular. Aside from sleeping and watching TV, she apparently fantasizes about talk show hosts visiting her and solving her problems. There are many, many references to popular culture, so that has to be meaningful here, but aside from not having anything else to occupy her, the appearance of the hosts doesn't explain much of anything, even though they try to ask her meaningful questions. Qadriyyah Shabazz and Chris Maslen provide humorous moments as Oprah, Dr. Phil, Clinton Kelly, Stacy London (from What Not to Wear), and others.

There is another character, the landlady, who is a really unnecessary and even destructive device in the play. The subplot implies that she might be hot for Danny. However, Jill Snyder-Marr is apparently directed by Sarah E.R. Grosman to be a badly drawn caricature of an older woman (why would a 40ish person have a quavery, 80-year-old voice?), and written with absurd 1950s sensibilities. Note to play: Librarians don't even 'hush' people anymore.

There are some nice moments in the play where insight into how these people got into this situation begins to glimmer into sight. Nahm and Matthews have good chemistry. Nahm has a quirky, childlike neediness here that serves her well. But the humor stops the insight and we never really reach a satisfying conclusion.

The play will definitely appeal to those who like odd concepts, raw humanity on display, and interesting ideas. It may not matter to you that no real conclusion is drawn. If you want something really different, then get on over to see this play.

For more information, go to www.washingtonensemble.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222063, or call (800) 838-3006.

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