The History of Bowling

Contrary to the title, Michael Ervin’s sloppily crafted comedy is actually about the lighter side of being disabled. We are on a contemporary college campus where Lou (Tara Samuel), who has epilepsy and a load of emotional baggage, is teamed with the paraplegic Chuck (Danny Murphy) to write a paper for a gym class, in lieu of their handicaps. The pair decide to write about bowling for the disabled, but what gradually evolves is an unlikely romance between the two, which is later complicated by Danny’s blind, but charismatic roommate, Cornelius (Lynn Manning). In one of the play’s poignant and convincing moments, Cornelius and Lou share an evening under the stars that turns lightly sensual,though Ervin’s script offer much of a story. In fact, at times watching the cheerleaders (Kristin Arnold, Anya Profumo, Chris Scoles, Danyelle Weaver, Kimi Winker) and their slick routines while doing scene changes provides some of the more gripping entertainment. Sara Botsford directs. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: March 21. Continues through April 27, 2008


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