Kimberly Akimbo

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Kimberly Akimbo is a play fueled by juxtapositions and inversions. The title character is a 16-year-old girl, afflicted with a disease that’s given her a prematurely aging body, resembling that of a grey-haired grandmother. She lives with her parents, who are going on 40, but behave more like they’re 14. You can catch the drift in this exchange involving Kimberly, who’s waiting in the snow, and her unreliable dad, who was supposed to pick her up more than two hours earlier. (Sound bite) This is a play in which the teenagers are straight shooters, while the adults are manipulators and deceivers, forever hiding something. They make a game of putting a nickel in a jar every time they cuss, and it doesn’t take long for the jar to fill. Kookiness and bad behavior aside, most of the eccentrics in this play are simple types, rather than complex individuals. Once you figure out their tendencies, you can anticipate their every move. Energetic acting can’t compensate for two-dimensional storytelling and characters who haven’t got much to say. Kimberly Akimbo is beguilingly offbeat, but in the end, it’s a lightweight piece. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ news.