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Family drama unfolds with Small Jokes About Monsters


So Godzilla, Mothra, and Gamera go to a funeral. . .

Ryan, the bright, witty, psychologically damaged protagonist of Steven Strafford’s dark domestic comedy (played with uncommon power and pathos by Esteban Andres Cruz) begins the play by dividing all comedians into three types: the Godzillas, who come on strong, firing joke after joke; the more subtle Mothras, who hold back but then destroy the audience with a few well-aimed quips; and the Gameras, clumsier than the other two, but equally devastating. Ryan is not just talking about comics, but about himself and his brothers—and part of the beauty of Strafford’s sly, well-crafted play lies in how this metaphor plays out over the course of its 90 minutes.…

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