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UPDATE: This release contains updated information. The reading has been moved from the Little Theater of Iowa City West High School to the Main Auditorium of Iowa City West High School.

July 9, 2008

Iowa Summer Rep presents staged reading of 'Kimberly Akimbo' July 22

Iowa Summer Rep 2008 will present a staged reading of David Lindsay-Abaire's 2003 comic hit "Kimberly Akimbo," directed by UI Department of Theatre Arts graduate student Anthony Nelson, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the Main Auditorium of Iowa City West High School. The reading was originally slated to take place in the Little Theater of Iowa City West High School.

The audience will be invited to remain after the performance for a talk-back session about Iowa Summer Rep 2008.

Calling "Kimberly Akimbo" the "comedy of the year," Ben Brantley wrote for the New York Times that the play is "the freshest, most enchanting portrait of a bittersweet 16-year-old since Molly Ringwald seduced America in the John Hughes film 'Sixteen Candles' in 1984. . . 'Kimberly Akimbo' is at once a shrewd satire, a black comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone."

Because this 16-year-old suffers from a rare malady that makes her age at four-and-a-half times the normal rate, an affliction that affects not only her life, but also the lives of everyone around her.

Critic Diane Synder explained, "Kimberly has reached the average life expectancy for people with her disease -- 16. And not only is she physically older than her parents, she's light years ahead of them emotionally too. To assuage their fear of losing her, they're starting over again by having another baby and relocating from Secaucus to Bogota, N.J. (and they're determined to keep the real reason for the move from Kimberly). One problem: They seem to have forgotten that Kimberly's not dead yet."

A Curtain Up review observed, "David Lindsay-Abaire takes as his subject the greatest dramatic subject of all time, the family, and poses the following question: Why are we still together, now that it has been agreed we owe each other nothing? . . . 'Kimberly Akimbo' exposes all of the author's remarkable talents."

A full schedule of Iowa Summer Rep performances is available at, which also includes links to information on the individual plays. Information is also available on the Department of Theatre Arts Web site

Iowa Summer Rep is an U/RTA (University/Resident Theatre Association) company employing Equity actors and stage managers, as well as students who earn points toward their Actors Equity card.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union and the UI Summer Session support Iowa Summer Rep 2008.

The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tickets for the reading are $5. Advance tickets are available by phone at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER, or by visiting the Hancher box office's temporary location in Suite 107, South Lindquist Center. A Web site is in operation for 24-hour online sales: Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Free tickets are available to every member of households driven from their homes by the flood of 2008. The free tickets are not available online.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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