29243 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Time is warped for teenage misfit Kimberly Levaco, who suffers from a disease that causes her to age 4.5 times faster than her high school peers. In a zippy production of David Lindsay-Abaire's dysfunctional family comedy at Malibu Stage Company, Katharine Ross (The Graduate) sometimes lacks the physical and vocal mannerisms of a teen trapped inside an older body, but a zany ensemble buoys the play. Kimberly's gruff, drunkard father (Michael Gallagher) and her pregnant, worrywart mother (Kathy Dunn Muzingo) struggle to salvage their marriage, not to mention their relationship with a daughter whose health is rapidly deteriorating. Breck Gallini gives a heartwarming performance as Kimberly's dorky classmate Jeff, whose outsider qualities as a puzzle-loving Dungeons & Dragons gamer make him an endearing misfit match for Kim. Meanwhile, Kimberly's conniving lesbian aunt Debra (the hysterical Tasha Ames) reels her family and friends into screwball moneymaking schemes that finally fling the play into an absurdist adventure. With the exception of a few scene changes, Graeme Clifford's crisp direction clips apace, supported by solid production design. Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.; through March 18. (310) 589-1998, brownpapertickets.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 18, 2012