A dark, biting satire on family dysfunction and relationships, Damaged Furniture blends rollicking, raunchy comedy and humorous performances as it examines forgiving the past and honestly facing the future.
A slick, live action version of a television sitcom, the profane production reveals L.A. actor Doug (Alex Skuby) returning home to Brooklyn and the family furniture business after a shocking accident claims the life of his uncle. The unfiltered family argues over the past while confronting their new realities.
Director Jim Fall keeps the pace fast and furious, a rollercoaster barreling towards the conclusion. Aping sitcom conventions, he judiciously employs minimal staging, flat lighting and video setups to establish mood and location.
Actors give hilarious performances, throwing themselves enthusiastically into their roles. Skuby provides a solid steady center allowing the rest of the cast to let loose, underplaying the exasperated Doug. Drew Droege adds sly comic asides as the voice of Doug’s self-serving agent Jo. Mo Collins brings zesty, zany touches to a hilarious monologue with a recliner, while Jessica Pohly drolly overplays raging, out-of-control therapist Gina.
Damaged Furniture offers a rip-roaring, adult look at expectations and challenges through the prism of a family from hell.
“Damaged Furniture” plays Saturday nights at 8pm through May 26 at Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Tickets cost $30 – $40. For information or to purchase tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit DamagedFurniture.brownpapertickets.com.