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Next Stage Festival/Steady State Theatre Project – Sadavoy & Applebaum’s Don’t Look

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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Don’t Look
Next Stage Festival/Steady State Theatre Project
Written and performed by Daniel Sadavoy and Rebecca Applebaum
Directed by Maya Rabinovitch
At Factory Studio Theatre until Jan. 18
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Don’t Look is a very funny, if disturbing play at the Next Stage Festival. It is one of those plots that carries things from a simple premise to reductio ad absurdum, but the audience is still willing to follow along regardless because the actors are so engaging.

Superbly written and performed by Daniel Sadavoy and Rebecca Applebaum, the play follows the misadventures of two first cousins who suffer from massive doses of Jewish terminal guilt. The characters — Daniel and Ariella — are both social misfits. When the extended family gathers for holidays and occasions both happy and sad, the two cousins realize a growing attraction to each other. When they are caught in a compromising position, they are subjected to all the terrible myths about first cousins who mate, and this leads to life-long paranoia.

The dialogue is clever and Maya Rabinovitch is responsible for the snappy direction.

Don’t Look continues at Factory Studio Theatre until Jan. 18.

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