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Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

Photo Credit: Anne Rumberger

On Saturday, July 25 I went to see the Midtown International Theatre Festival production of “NeverCracked”; produced by The Intentional Theatre Group & Carissa Baker (www.intentionaltheatregroup.net). With “NeverCracked”, you’re getting to see two shows in one night. One show is “CRACKED” & the second is “NEVER SWIM ALONE”.

“CRACKED”, by Gwydion Suilebhan tells the story of a woman, an audience, and an egg.  It stars Grace Kiley as a cooking-show host who will demonstrate the many ways to use an egg as an ingredient. That demonstration is just the surface of what lies beneath, which is performed skillfully by Ms. Kiley. An egg is like the heart–fragile and precious with a protective shell that can easily be shattered if not taken care of properly. We all do what we can to never crack the egg, but sometimes it happens…the egg falls, gets thrown, or even squashed. When it does, the egg just like our hearts morph into something much more…more durable and stronger, eventually becoming whole again.

On the opposite end of the spectrum “Never Swim Alone” by Daniel Macivor is a comedy starring Candice Holdorf, Nick Lewis, and Daniel Dugan. It tells the tale of old friends competing in fast-paced silly battles of wit, one-ups, and manliness. The skills of these three performers blend together wonderfully. Nick & Daniel couldn’t be more perfect buds with many a times talking in unison. It reminded me of the “Crimson Twins (Tomax & Xamot)” from “G.I. Joe” the way one would talk, then the other, then both at the same time. Watching this show, one would believe they have been “friends” for a long time. Candace stands her own as the girl they both hope to get, whether it’s a look she gives the audience (very Bea Arthur) or posing like pin-up girl (a la Farrah Fawcett).  Funny, yet thought-provoking, “Never Swim Alone” made me wonder…what lengths does one go through to beat out the competition? What reward does one get from winning, aside from the prize at hand, while hurting others along the way? Is the competition at hand the best way to use our energy and time when both are so limited?

The only way to figure out the answeres to these questions and the analogy above is to go see “NeverCracked” at the WorkShop Theatre Co’s Main Stage (312 West 36th Street). Remaining showtimes are: Friday, July 31 at 9pm, Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm.  For tickets visit http://www.midtownfestival.org/

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