REVIEW: F*@# the Chicken, Give Me a Cigarette – The Neighbor’s Grief @CPTCLE


The Neighbor’s Grief is an All-too-Brief Must See

If the thought of living in a sterile 1950s cliché complete with mindless daily duties that rob you of your individuality, personality and soul congers images of finally snapping and carelessly gliding across a blood-drenched slip-n-slide, then this is the performance for you! Others may find the uncontrollable desire to shove their head in a bucket and not face the harsh reality of such a stereotypical existence, and there’s plenty of that here for those among you as well.

At times funny, at times uncomfortable, The Neighbor’s Grief Is Greener is always interesting and powerful. Superficial 1950s’ American sitcom and radio moments are juxtaposed with stark lighting and blood-stained characters of the vapid sex kitten, uninterested husband, dutiful housewife, and others.

Created and performed by The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai, the show’s three-day local run is presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland at the Cleveland Public Theater. On tour from Israel with a cast of four performers, the show makes a bold statement with flawless technique and impeccable timing.

Breaking out of the cookie cutter roles in an archetypal suburban kitchen, the performance art piece combines theater and contemporary dance in a dynamic visual spectacle that is not to be missed.

Performances run Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $28. Sunday’s matinee will be followed by a wine and cheese reception hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

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Hollie Gibbs has a BS in journalism from Kent State University and studied photography at School of the Visual Arts in Manhattan. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous local and national publications. She can also be found playing guitar with various bands and building life-size monster props.








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