On the surface, Squawk seems like a case of Fringe Mad Libs. "Hey, let's do a play about the army, but with a penguin!" Instead, playwright John Heimbuch (author of last year's hit Shakespeare's Land of the Dead) takes us deep into the absurd world of a hotshot young officer and his penguin roommate, Lt. Falkland. There are plenty of trials, and the end offers more of a one-liner than a message. The small cast and Spartan staging only focus the eye on the real star here—the Falkland puppet that becomes as much of a real character as the humans onstage.
Sat., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 2, 10 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 4, 7 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 8, 1 p.m., 2009

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