Surburban Gothic

The Apocalypse nears. The new baby is coming. And one of the neighbors won’t keep his damn dog off the freaking lawn.

This is Clay Stilts’ story, as told by playwright Matt Pelfrey in his stirring (and, according to one critic, “gruesomely hilarious”) black comedy about the horrors of suburbia and our nation’s growing, obsessive fear of everything. An Impending Rupture of the Belly concerns Clay’s attempts to prepare for the end of the world and the beginning of fatherhood in the new century’s uncertain times. Will Clay murder his trouble-making neighbor? Or will he take the high road to New Dadland?

The play, presented by Stray Cat Theatre and directed by the troupe’s Ron May, answers these (and many more) questions.

Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 13. Continues through Feb. 28, 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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