Thunder River Theatre presents ‘Kimberly Akimbo’ |

Thunder River Theatre presents ‘Kimberly Akimbo’

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Cast members of "Kimberly Akimbo" go through rehearsal for Thunder River Theatre's latest production, which opens Friday.


WHAT: “Kimberly Akimbo” opening night

WHERE: Thunder River Theatre Company, 67 Promenade, Carbondale

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30

COST: $15-$30

Thunder River Theatre Co.’s second production of the 2018-19 season opens in Carbondale Friday night.

“Kimberly Akimbo” is said to be aptly timed for the season for anyone who might understand what it’s like to face a difficult family this time of year — or anyone who can relate when their family isn’t exactly a Norman Rockwell painting at any time of the year, according to a news release.

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Sue Lavin, “Kimberly Akimbo” stars actress Trary Maddalone.

Maddalone appeared in TRTC’s first production 23 years ago. She appeared most recently on the TRTC stage in “Equus,” “The Price,” and “The Tempest.”

“The touching, dark comedy is about teenager Kimberly Akimbo, who has a rare genetic disorder that causes her body to age faster than the zany cast of characters who surround her,” according to the release.

The cast includes her hypochondriac mother, played by Lauren Kenning; alcoholic father, played by Nyle Kenning; ex-con aunt, played by Sonya Meyer; and her first crush, played by Jonathan Webster.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a champagne reception with the cast.

The show runs through Dec. 15, with tickets ranging $10-$30 each with special discounts for students and 20- to 30-somethings.

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