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Pig Farm - Review by Purple C | Roundabout at Laura Pels Theatre

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Pig Farm 8/20/2006

Pig Farm is a new play by the team that brought us Urinetown a few years ago. This new play is about a couple trying to run a pig farm with the help of an 18 year old juvenile delinquent on loan from a work release program. Naturally a love triangle develops when the wife gets tired of waiting for her husband to stop focusing on the farm and start focusing on her. Add to the mix a crazy EPA inspector who falls in love with the wife and with the idea of living on a farm instead of in Washington. It's a very dark comedy - sometimes the comedy got too dark and then too 'silly', but I enjoyed the production. The actors were very committed to their characters and each showed a vulnerability that made occasionally unlikeable characters likable. Denis O'Hare in particular does a fantastic job as Teddy, the EPA investigator. This production is not good for children - lots of language and a shocking ending. It covers serious issues like keeping a farm in the face of government restrictions, infidelity, trying to maintain a crumbling marriage and deception. The set and music are very well done, and the Roundabout's new home at Laura Pels Theatre is definitely worth checking out. I recommend seeing this play! more
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