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Kimberly Akimbo Paperback – January 27, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook TP (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158567480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585674800
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,314,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wacky, touching, and totally charming dark comedy that gives a whole new meaning to ‘coming-of-age story.’" -- Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News

About the Author

David Lindsay-Abaire is the author of Fuddy Meers and Wonder of the World (both available from Overlook).

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David Lindsay-Abaire is the author of the highly successful Fuddy Meers, which premiered in New York in 1999. He has signed a two-picture deal with Miramax Films, and is currently developing a television show for Conan O'Brien's production company and finishing his screen adaptation of Fuddy Meers. He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, and the WGA.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley H. Nemeth on November 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Judging by the reviews, this wild and wacky comedy was not fully appreciated when, after a run at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Ca., it was later staged in New York. Though it's true the play tends to crumble at the very end, and therefore seems to that extent more a work in progress than a fully satisfying whole, some of its scenes surpass anything Lindsay-Abaire has done before or since. The conceit, for instance, of having a child age at a rate faster than her parents, while it has been used before, here freshly shows a satiric author less interested in literal medical history than in the sad discovery that many contemporary American parents, themselves self-centered and immature, force their children in mind and spirit to become the more fully recognizable adult members of a household. The business of ageing, thus, has a wonderfully comic metaphorical import. The adults in the play, hilariously enough, are chiefly interested in themselves, in playing childish board games, in attempting con jobs or in hoping to visit more of the endlessly proliferating "theme parks" in an America whose very history has been grotesquely commercialized.
The central role in the play, a triumphantly conceived one, affords any good actress of a certain age an opportunity to show fully what she can do. The part requires at first the words and convincing body language of a perky teenager and then the manner and appearance of a combination of, say, the late Rose Kennedy and a bag lady. This part, to Lindsay-Abaire's credit, is a great theatrical "role," and when I saw it performed the central actress in fact fully deserved what has otherwise become a meaningless ritual in our current theater, the standing ovation. With luck perhaps the playwright will revisit this work, strengthen the ending, and give it the revival or film version it surely deserves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Colville on August 12, 2008
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This play is inspired lunacy. A hypochondriac mom, a lesbian ex-convict aunt, and a hard drinking sad sack dad are the family that rapidly aging Kimberly has ben saddled with. Loads of fun but very touching at times, especially in the scenes with Kimberly's anagram loving friend. It is laugh out loud funny and has 5 great parts for actors. I think most readers will enjoy the play but I believe it really takes the actors to lift it. Enjoy!
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By Sheila on February 22, 2013
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This is an excellent play with some phenomenal roles for actors. All of the parts are strong. A 16 year old trapped in a 60 yr old body; crazy family and a sweet "boyfriend". A strong play with excellent, layered parts.
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More beautiful, whimsical, touching, absurdist fare from David Lindsay-Abaire--in the vein of another terrific young playwright, Napoleon Ellsworth. It seems as though these two writers (along w/ perhaps Padriac Duffy) are spearheading a revolt against the dead, naturalistic world of theater. And it couldn't've happened a moment too soon! BRAVO!
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This acting edition was in perfect condition, quick shipping as well. Kimberly Akimbo is a a fairly new play (2000) which can speak to any modern audience about being old for your age, or being aged while so young. How a family copes with a terminal disease, and dysfunction. I found it sweet and funny and very sad at points.
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