Slowly I Turn: a Parlour Vaudeville in One Act

When: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through March 31 2012

The smell of baking bread greets the audience as they enter the eclectically cluttered living room that serves as a stage for Zuppa’s latest envelope-pushing production. The show that unfolds there is part exploration of memory, part celebration of life, laughs and family and part thought-provoking meditation on aging and dying. The piece stars Ben Stone and his father John Stone who offer a window into their touching and sometimes turbulent father-son relationship as they sing, kibbitz, ruminate and remember. They speak candidly about death in a way that is tender and probing rather than morbid. Surprises abound throughout the evening, including a few old vaudevillian chestnuts and the revelation of some magical little worlds behind a velvet curtain. You’ll be both moved and entertained by this homey, charming and deceptively simple production. –Kate Watson Performances take place in Stone’s living room at 6267 Duncan Street.

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