When we’re not catching up with Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead, it’s safe to say that we typically avoid death, because, without the HBO glamour, real death can make us uncomfortable in these skin suits we wear on loan.
But what if we didn’t have the luxury of keeping separate these two sides of mortality?
In Nancy Kenny’s Everybody dies in December, we meet Claire, a third generation undertaker who’s more at home with the dead than with the living. And while there are no other physical characters, Claire’s one sided conversations with her silent “clients” reveal depths of her personality – her history, her dreams – that she obviously doesn’t share with many of the living.
Kenny’s acting in this performance is quite charming, a nice blend of the socially awkward and the candid and comical honesty of one talking to themselves when they think no one is listening.
Kenny’s humor, of course, is black and plentiful, but she tempers the comedy of this play in Claire’s misgivings and sorrows. As you listen to Kenny’s cadaverous conversations, her gentle investigations into the past lives of her clients, you can see her weighing her own life in the balance.
I’m somewhat biased in that I really enjoy this kind of story telling. Fictional as it, Everyone Dies is December is wonderfully anecdotal and charming. Kenny’s writing and performance is witty and entertaining, and I recommend checking out one of the showtimes I’ve listed below.
But these were just my thoughts. Leave yours in the comment section below!
Everybody Dies in December: Comedy/Storytelling/One Woman Show
Venue 1 – Arts Court Theatre
Thursday, June 16 – 11PM
Friday, June 17 – 7PM
Saturday, June 18 – 1PM
Sunday, June 19 – 5:30PM
Monday, June 20 – 9PM
Tuesday, June 21 – 7PM