A lemons-and-lemonade tale at Off the Wall
Off the Wall Productions' "Looking for the Pony" stars, front: Karen Baum, left, and Daina Michelle Griffith; and back: Theo Allyn and Cameron Knight. The Pittsburgh premiere runs Friday through March 16.
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"Looking for the Pony," a dramedy about two devoted sisters coping with one's illness, earned a New York Times rave when it played at the off-Broadway Vital Theater in 2009.
"When you're in the audience at a play about breast cancer, you don't expect to laugh a lot. Or to enjoy the sweet taste of victory," Anita Gates wrote. "But when the health-insurance-company lady and the patient's lawyer in Andrea Lepcio's top-notch [play] do battle -- literally, with wrestling holds -- spontaneous applause tends to break out."
The title comes from a lemons-and-lemonade tale about optimistic children who are left to play in a pile of horse manure and emerge all smiles. How can that be? "All this poop, there has to be a pony in here somewhere."
The finalist for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award comes to Pittsburgh courtesy of the Off the Wall Theatre Company, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie, under the direction of Robyne Parrish and starring Theo Allyn, Karen Baum, Daina Michelle Griffith and Cameron Knight.
The show runs Friday through March 16 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $5-$35 at www.showclix.com or 1-888-71-tickets.
First Published February 28, 2013 12:00 am