Longtime theatergoers may well remember actor and playwright David Turkel as one of the most disturbing and sardonic—yet amusing—voices to come out of The Somnambulist Project, a now-fabled early-'90s cadre of alternative theater artists and musicians. Since then, his work has been championed by Pittsburgh's Bricolage Production Company, which produced three of his plays over the past decade to strong reviews in the city's major papers, and presented staged readings of several works, including one of the two one-acts in this show.
Here's how Bricolage profiled Stroke in 2008: "A wealthy gentleman's sudden illness puts pressure on his daughter's marriage prospects. But when one of the young girl's suitors runs screaming from the house, her mother begins to wonder if the family's future rests in the hands of a monster." The copy continues: "David Turkel takes us into ... an era where gender politics, psychology, and eroticism are all poised on the brink of explosion." The closing Book looks into the patterns that repeat in a man's life after he mixes sex and money as a teenager—hiring a prostitute with the money he just earned from babysitting her autistic son. Tom Marriott directs an cast that includes Dana Marks, Tamara Kissane and Jeffrey Scott Detwiler in this Little Green Pig production. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday through March 5. —Byron Woods