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Parts They Call Deep, by Lauren Gunderson
A Fascinating Trip
Sunday, January 21, 2001
5.0
I thoroughly enjoyed this play. The script had its weaknesses at some points (the grandmother's heart attack scenes were like big signs screaming to the audience "HEY GUESS HOW THIS IS GONNA END!!), but a superb ensemble cast make every word and moment believable and true to life. It's obviously supposed to be a show centering around Emma (Kylie Brown), but she hands it over to share with the cast, and the scenes between her and Sunny Hall and Mary Ellen McCall as her mother and grandmother are a three-way emotional tug-of-war at its absolute best. Sunny Hall starts off obnoxious and ends up sympathetic and heartbreaking as Sarah, a middle-aged Mom who resents everyone around her too much to actually enjoy her life. McCall seems poorly cast at first as a dying grandma, but wins the audience over in the first five minutes as an active young girl trapped in a large dying woman's body. Kylie Brown gives a performance that belies her age as conflicted, brilliant Emma, and Topher Payne astounds, shifting between four characters of different generations, accents, and sexual preferences seamlessly and perfectly. His performance is the most subtle and understated I have seen in a long time. This show will move you beyond what words can express, and make you believe in angels.

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