The title of Francesca Sanders's Celeste and Starla Save Todd and Win Back the Day is apparently very descriptive of the action it contains. And the current staging by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, closing this weekend at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, takes its audience on a ride marked by ample doses of unabashed silliness.
|What are a girl and her starfish to do?|
20% artistic director and founder Claire Avitabile
, who directs the show, describes it as an unapologetic opportunity for grown-ups to locate their inner goofball.
"I really feel that this show is like a gift to adults," says Avitabile. "We don't always get the opportunity to go to something purely for the sake of laughing, and having our imaginations opened."
This story of a girl and her starfish seeking to save a boy meanders in a stew of surreal wordplay and whimsical twists.
"It's absolutely full of surprises," Avitabile adds. "It's very playful and youthful--and definitely not for children."
We won't spoil the ending here, but suffice to say it's a worthy message about accepting and embracing love in all its forms; after all the antics, it's a gentle message, in no way heavy-handed, but one that provides undeniable uplift.
"It's really a play about love," says Avitabile. "The belief in a soul-mate, and that we will all find someone."
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
Celeste and Starla Save Todd and Win Back the Day plays through May 15. For tickets call 612.227.1188 or click here.