New Theatre. From Feb 21st through Mar 23rd, 2008. New Theatre is currently presenting the piece A Nervous Smile by playwright John Belluso. Commissioned by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, A Nervous Smile is a brutal portrait of love, lust and despair set against Belluso's fiery brand of social satire.
Strained to the breaking point by caring for their severely disabled daughter, Emily, a wealthy New York couple, weigh their own happiness against that of their child-with shocking consequences. Emily's lyrical poetry, the bitter volleys of the couple's disintegrating marriage, and the appraisals of the outside world frame the narrative of this insightful play.
Three parents of severely challenged children face lives of enormous pressure and quiet desperation, physical exhaustion and psychological burden. And endless progression of days and devastation. It's the hardest thing for any parent to imagine – so our playwright, John Belluso, imagines it for us, with disarming honesty and an invigorating sense of humor, in this intense and remarkable play, drawn from a real-life incident, which invites us to think about the unthinkable.
Performances will take place at the New Theatre located at 4120 Laguna Street in Coral Gables.
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