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Four in the Crib interweaves the lives of four eightysomethings in an assisted living facility, shared over a series of weekly cribbage games. Playwright Linda Wood Edwards comes by her understanding of the subject matter honestly. While helping her mother Ethel Wood settle into such a facility here in Edmonton, Wood Edwards started to observe the struggles and routines of life there. We are accustomed to thinking of life in such places as either dreary or dull, but Wood Edwards found the residents – joyful or depressed, passive or fiercely fighting for every scrap of independence – made for compelling stories. And she started to write. Capturing friendship and ritual in comedy is nothing new for Wood Edwards, who received a Sterling Award nomination for her first play Spring Alibi. In Four in the Crib, Wood Edwards reminds us that people are just as quirky, hilarious, and passionate at eighty as at eighteen. Probably more so. The play packs death, romance, dark secrets, and bodily function jokes into a solid hour of comedy. Four in the Crib stars Linda Cornell, Judy McFerran, Kieran O’Callaghan, and Jan Streader, and is directed by David Cheoros: together, they bring more than a hundred years of theatre experience to the production.
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