'Stinkers' Dan Norman



Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from July 17-Aug. 18
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 21-Aug. 18
2 p.m.

Apologies to parents who rely upon a night at the theater as a fleeting evasion from the rigors of childrearing, but no refuge will be found at the Jungle Theater’s latest production, Stinkers. Rife with a relatable array of parental frustrations, playwright Josh Tobiessen’s new comedy seeks hilarity in an affectionately familiar source. Tobiessen reteams with the Jungle’s artistic director (not to mention his own wife), Sarah Rasmussen,following the success of their previous collaboration, 2015’s critically acclaimed Lone Star Spirits. In Stinkers, stay-at-home dad Brad attempts to cope with two rambunctious toddlers during his wife’s business trip. As if Brad’s own insecurities weren’t proving enough of a struggle, he finds himself besieged by parenting tips from three highly questionable sources: an inquisitive neighbor, his own ex-con mother (just released from prison), and his mother’s friend, also a convicted felon. The cast is rounded out by the remarkably skilled ensemble of John Catron, Michael Curran-Dorsano, George Keller, and Sally Wingert (returning to the Jungle stage after a 15-year absence). As for the children, the production finds a novel means of depicting their irrepressible natures through the cleverly designed puppets of Chelsea M. Warren, operated by Megan Burns and Reed Sigmund.