‘Crumble’ staged by Single Carrot Theatre

Dark comedy by Sheila Callaghan gets first Baltimore staging

April 30, 2010|By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

The work of cutting-edge, 30-something, New York-based playwright Sheila Callaghan will be introduced to Baltimore this weekend at —where else? — Single Carrot Theatre, the young company that routinely shakes up the local scene.

"We got in touch with her through Twitter," says Brendan Ragan, director of public relations at Single Carrot. "She was very supportive of the experimental, edgy approach we have. Her plays are very quirky, funny and kind of diabolical."

Callaghan's works include "Lascivious Something," which was just performed in Los Angeles and opens this weekend off-Broadway. She's also a writer for the Showtime series "The United States of Tara." Single Carrot has chosen her intriguingly titled "Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)," a 90-minute play that examines the relationship between 11-year-old Janice and her mother.

"Janice is a twisted, disturbed little child who never washes and has bleach-drinking conversations with her dolls," says Ragan, who performs the role of the apartment — yes, the apartment — in the production. "The mother and daughter have lost track of all communication with each other, and they are being driven farther apart by fantasy visits they each have. Janice is only happy when Justin Timberlake floats into her world, and the mother is only happy when Harrison Ford floats into hers. Meanwhile, the apartment is trying to get a little attention himself."

"Crumble" is on stage through May 23 at Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave. Tickets are $10 to 20. Call 443-844-9253 or go to singlecarrot.com.

— Tim Smith

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