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. . .Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries feels fresh despite 6 years on the shelf. It has a talented cast of two playing quirky characters, an organizing schtick (the terrible injuries that people invite and inflict on themselves), and a dose of heartwarming sentiment to unite the laughs and drama. A piece that will leave you energized and renewed, provided that you’re not worried about codependency.
Scene 1, Age 8: Face Split Open
Photo by: Matt Karst
Scene 5, Age 18: Pink Eye
Pictured: Lauren Schulke and Dakotah Brown
Photo By: Matt Karst
Pictured: Dakotah Brown and Lauren Schulke
GPI was an extremely moving piece that takes you through two connected lives threaded together by misfortune and injury. It’s deeply relatable, truly serious, and charmingly funny at all the perfect times. Each actor brings their best to the production and it really shows. Laughs, tears, and touching moments. Gruesome Playground Injuries is a must see.
I was totally sold. Despite the glowing reviews, I wasn’t sure this would be my cup of tea. But only if I were dead could I be anything less than enthralled by these performances.