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Copious Love Suggests: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter”


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AYTGIMKC1Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter 
Written by Dane Whitlock
Directed by Brendan Mack
Presented by STAGEright Theatre
At the Hugo House
June 12 – June 27
TICKETS HERE

Are you there Brendan Mack? It’s me, an audience member.

There must have been something in the air, laughing gas, perhaps, that, when the lights dimmed and the actors took the stage, made my mouth grin, my eyes squint, and guffaws spew forth in a never ending stream for an hour and a half.

My review was going to go as follows…*hem*

AYTGIMKC4A human Star of David. A pet Rock. Maxy-Pad puppets. SEE.THIS. SHOW.

But I hear, generally, people want described what they’re about to see.

6th grade in the 1970’s is not so different from 6th grade in the present. There’s the one hot guy in class that everyone wants to spend 10 Minutes in Heaven with, super-secret-selective club rules that are super weird, and every girl is waiting to get “It” because “It” will make you a woman and snag you that super hot guy in class that everyone wants to spend 10 Minutes in Heaven with. (Although I did have to Google “sanitary belts” because I was born in the 80’s and what in the holy hell.)

AYTGIMKC3At the heart of Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter there is Margaret, (EmilyRose Frasca) who, through songs of the Carpenter’s finds a way to survive and thrive in the strange mystical land of New Jersey. Margaret is befriended by Nancy (Olivia Lee) who forbids her to wear socks to school. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Through Nancy, Margaret meets Moose (Cedric Wright), an older boy (who is only interested in boobs, but is available for hire to do yard work!) with spectacular gem pants.

AYTGIMKC2Are you there Brendan Mack? It’s still me, the audience member.

Since you are the director it’s mostly you to blame for my smeared eyeliner and the stiches in my side. How dare you.

Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter has a heart of gold, a perfect cast, and only runs for two more weeks. *Hem*

SEE. THIS. SHOW.

By Rachel Tyrrel 

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