In these tumultuous times, as the national economy falters and the world copes with widespread instability, where can we turn for reassurance if not to the glossy luminescence of celebrity? At least, that's a driving theme behind playwright Sheila Callaghan's Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake). One year after a man dies in a freak Christmas accident, his wife and 13-year-old daughter coexist in mutual states of alienation. Rather than communicating their grief, the two distract themselves with mundane daily tasks and private fantasies involving Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. All the while their home, revealed to have a life of its own, is harboring malicious intentions for its inhabitants. Widely considered one of America's finest contemporary playwrights, Callaghan uses an intentionally disorienting framework that blends reality with fantasy, imbuing it all with dark humor, to examine the deep roots of repressed despair. A stunningly original piece, Crumble is well suited to Swandive Theatre, a company establishing a reputation for innovative takes on socially relevant material. Through this talented group, Crumble's central theme is likely to hold together, regardless of whether Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber grace today's magazine covers. For more info, visit www.swandivetheatre.org.
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: March 11. Continues through March 26, 2011