Siblings Sedaris

The Squeamish are cousins to the Amish, tucked away in Quilt County, selling cheeseballs to gourmet stores to keep the sect afloat. Then one day, Sister Elizabeth (Arianna Movassagh) has her job as chief cheese maven handed to Brother Nathaniel (Jeremy Whiteker). Unfair? Uh, yeah. So she runs away and finds new friends, new job and many challenges to her gentle nature out in the cold, cruel world. In this 87-minute comedy by brother-sister writers David and Amy Sedaris, cheese is the catalyst for change for the title character. But then so is a woman (Lisa Hassler) in a Mr. Peanut costume, a gay alcoholic (Whiteker) in fake Indian garb and a chatty tourist (Hassler again) carrying a poodle wearing pink sunglasses. Amy Sedaris' TV series Strangers with Candy was full of these unexpected juxtapositions and her style is all over this play. Bootstraps Comedy Theater has chosen wisely with this script, which combines physical shtick with social commentary and satire. Director Matt Lyle keeps the cast in check, letting them underplay the talkiness. If only there weren't so many pieces of furniture to shlep on and off the tiny stage between the short scenes. That's the only quibble about an otherwise fine production. Through May 26 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther at Northcliff. 214-642-4253.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through May 26

 
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