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Book Title: Kimberly Akimbo|
The author of the book: David Lindsay-Abaire
Edition: The Overlook Press
Date of issue: January 27th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781585674800
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.24 MB
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Ok. There was a bit too much language for me to really consider putting this on at a high school (and the language was important for the characterizations and some of the humor). Which is just really upsetting because this is a smart, funny, moving play about the difficulty of growing up. And it has a D&D reference which was just fantastic.
For those who haven't read it, the play is focused on 16 year old Kimberly who has a particular strain of the aging disease which makes her age four and a half times faster than normal (making her effectively 72 in the play). Her family just moved from Secaucus to Bogota (New Jersey), outrunning her aunt who has been incarcerated at least once. Kimberly is noticed by a classmate who becomes her first friend. In the meantime, she deals with her pregnant mother and alcoholic (but not physically abusive) father while her rogue (in the D&D sense of the word) aunt tracks them down to Bogota and enlists Kimberly in her latest scam to get rich quick.
To say the family is dysfunctional is too simple. And yes, much of the humor hinges on the dysfunctional family motif (this family happens to have loose lips when it comes to cursing). Still, the funniest jokes come from a deeper awkwardness of parent to child, teen to teen, and child to family members. That is, take away the aging factor of Kimberly and her disease, and the play still works (well, mostly).
Great play. Someday I will live in a world where plays like this can be performed in high schools and the language will not be a factor. Until then, I'll drop a nickel in their swearing jar while praising the hell out of this play.
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Read information about the authorDavid Lindsay-Abaire is an American playwright and lyricist. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play, Rabbit Hole.
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