Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly-Akimbo focuses, with uncanny depth and quirky wit. At one point in “Kimberly Akimbo,” the title character asks her mother, “Can we just be normal for a few minutes?” But for the Levaco family in. Kimberly Akimbo. akimbo-color. By David Lindsay-Abaire Directed by Ben Delatizky. Performance Dates: January 26, 27 and February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
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Return to Book Page. Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire. Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly-Akimbo focuses, with uncanny depth and quirky wit, on a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from a disease that causes her body to age nearly five times faster than it should. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 21, Gabriel rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 kimberpy humor. Kinberly is just really upsetting because this is a smart, funny, moving play about the difficulty of growing up.
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 Ok. 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 aiimbo from Secaucus to Bogota New Jerseyoutrunning her aunt who has been incarcerated at least once. Kimberly is noticed by a classmate who becomes her first friend. 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. 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.
Nov 12, Douglas Cosby rated it liked it. A story about a kid who ages 4.
Very dysfunctional family, drunk dad, pregnant hypochondriac mom, ex-con aunt doesn’t help the situation. OK play but fairly predictable within the absurdist dysfunctional family genre. Nov 28, Sandi rated it really liked it. I saw this play as a brilliantly-read “flash mob” cold reading at KU last week. Kudos to the cast–the energy of the readers made it so that I didn’t feel like we were missing even a drop of the humor, even without blocking or a set.
I’m not usually a fan of contemporary drama as I think it tends to be light on plot and heavy on shock value or at least those were the plays I saw preformed at UNottsbut this had just the right mix of dark humor, wackiness, and heart. The main character Kim is I saw this play as a brilliantly-read “flash mob” cold reading at KU last week. The main character Kim is 16, but has a fictionalized form of progeria that makes her have the look and life-expectancy of a year-old.
Her two parents have equally unsuccessful ways of dealing with this heartbreaking condition: Despite or rather because of the dark set-up, the play is a barrel of laughs: I was impressed with the dialogue, as well as the delivery of it in a cold reading.
A madcap ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ story of denial and neglect
There must be something about a cold reading that brings out authentic emotion in people–the lines surprise the actors as they read them, as spontaneous as casual conversation. Sep 25, Tiffany Day rated it really liked it. I really dig the set-up of this show teen has aging disorder, thus high school-aged lead is played by kinberly senior citizen. It also has some interesting characters some a little one-dimensional, but they develop throughout that would have to be great fun for the actors to portray.
The weakness is payoff. It just doesn’t seem like it ever reaches a zenith — and there’s certainly no payoff Thus, I had a hard time ranking it. I can’t say I love it – but I love a lot about it. Pro I really dig the set-up of this show teen has aging disorder, thus high school-aged lead is played by a senior kiimberly. Aug 02, Ann rated it liked it. Love the idea of the older actress playing the teenager. Overall, good dialogue, although the characters were a bit hollow except for Kimberly.
Kept thinking about staging challenges, which cropped up with car movements for the most part. Did not enjoy the ending. Thought it was too overt. An interesting concept with not a lot of pow behind it.
A madcap ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ – The Boston Globe
The play just kind of happens xkimbo then it’s over. Jan 22, Dan rated it it was amazing. This play is hilarious and a really funny premise: So she is played by an 80 year old actress. It’s a great idea and it plays out really well, allowing for a lot of touching moments and a lot of funny parts from page 1. I love this playwright! I would love to see this play with live actors, which would add even more to the laughs.
This amazingly creative kimberlyy about a girl who ages too quickly and looks 90 when she’s 16 is a jewel. The ending is so good. This is a great read even without seeing it on stage, but if you can see a production, don’t miss the chance. In contrast to the other Lindsay-Abaire play I just read Wonder of the Worldkimbelry one has a little more meat in the broth.
Interesting characters, worthwhile plot. Aug 25, Margaret Schugt rated it really liked it. I very kimberpy enjoy a play that allows ‘non traditional lead types’ to star in a show – this show hits on this perspective really well. And i enjoy the general conceit of the show.
It’s another great David play. What a charming play. Good dialogue, great characters, funny and very sad, with a nontraditional 16 year old main character that your heart aches for.
I would love to direct it some day and when I get older much older I want to play Kimbely Levaco. Nov 28, Kathleen rated it it was ok Shelves: Not one of my favorites of his. Sep 09, Jhk rated it really liked it. I loved “Fuddy Meers” which a friend gave to me.
This one is just as brilliant. Aug 01, Paul rated it really liked it. Jun 09, Susan Haines rated it it was amazing. Loving this author and devouring everything he’s written.
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