Gruesome Playground Injuries
Chopin Theatre, 1543 West Division, Chicago.
July 5 - August 5, 2012
Rajiv Joseph's masterful play, an accident prone dare devil and a
corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that
lie in between. 8 year olds Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse's
office, beginning a lifelong intimacy which is revealed through the
physical and emotional injuries they sustain over 30 years. Gruesome
Playground Injuries tells a different kind of love story through sharp
humor and even sharper insights into the human condition.
New City Stage - recommended:“Gruesome Playground Injuries” is receiving its Chicago premiere by Rasaka Theatre Company at the Chopin Theatre in a compellingly intimate and terrifically acted production...beauty reigns supreme in this charming production. (Johnny Oleksinski)
WBEZ - Dueling Critics - Don't-Miss List: One greets with pleasure Rasaka's Chicago premiere of Rajiv Joseph's 2010 play Gruesome Playground Injuries
Time-Out Chicago - Critic's Pick: Gruesome Playground Injuries is, "well-served by Lavina Jadhwani’s fleet and funny production...Mouzam Makkar’s Kayleen...has lots of chemistry with Tim Martin’s Doug...Martin stands out, subtly conveying the masochistic streak underlying Doug’s boyish daredevilry."
Centerstage - recommended: This
high-concept rom-com is funny, fast paced and intermittently
smart...Joseph’s witty dialogue is endearing. Makaar and Martin are both
very likable performers with great chemistry, tenderness and humor. The
show is funny, fast paced and intermittently smart.
Reader - recommended: Tim
Martin is at once pitiable and endearing as extroverted klutz Doug;
Mouzam Makkar is searing as the insular depressive he longs for.
WKAN (Pamela Powell) - highly recommended: Chicago's theatrical environment was absolutely enriched because of this company...Chicago is so lucky to have such talented actors and small venues to perform. Gruesome Playground Injuries entertains...The cast of Rasaka’s production featured Chicago actors Mouzam Makkar and Tim Martin.
Production staff included:
- Director Lavina Jadhwani
- Scenic Designer Roger Wykes
- Costume Designer Rachel Sypniewski
- Lighting Designer Sally Weiss
- Sound Designer Jeffrey Levin
- Dramaturg Kristin Idaszak
- Producer Kamal Hans (Managing Director)