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On from 03 May 2006 till 03 Jun 2006
Bush Theatre
by Catherine Trieschmann
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, New Writing

About: crooked

Mike Bradwell has been at the helm of the groundbreaking Bush Theatre for 10 years in June this year. Fittingly, this anniversary is marked by him directing the UK premiere of a talented young writer from the US, Catherine Trieschmann, with her hilarious and tender play of growing up in the Deep South, CROOKED.

In CROOKED, 14-year-old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi, an outsider with a twisted back and only her writing to keep her company. For her mother Elise it's a return to the conservative south she escaped many years previously for a more liberal environment. When Laney befriends the hapless born-again preacher's daughter Maribel, her penchant for story-telling gets tangled with her confused concepts of something to believe in and her unruly teenage emotions, testing her mother's patience to the limit.

Packed with witty dialogue and an acute understanding of young people, CROOKED is a gloriously funny sideways glance at the strains on a fractured mother and daughter relationship, and an examination of the differences between evangelical and Sapphic love. It stars Debbie Chazen and Amanda Hale as the girls and Suzan Sylvester (seen in Catherine Johnson's Little Baby Nothing), making a welcome return to The Bush, as Elise.

Catherine Trieschmann's plays have been produced in the US to critical acclaim. In coming to The Bush, she joins a distinguished line-up of American writers who have been given their UK premiere at the theatre, sometimes before they have been recognised in their home country. These include Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace and, more recently, Adam Rapp.

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