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Kimberly Akimbo 

When: Thu., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Sun., Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Thu., Oct. 3, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 6, 3 p.m. 2013
Phone: (843) 793-1972
Price: $18/adults, $14/students
whatifproductions.org
It takes a solid senior actor to pull off the lead role in Kimberly Akimbo, a 16-year-old girl with a rare disease that makes her body age four times faster than normal. Luckily, Charleston has Samille Basler, a veteran of the stage who’s more than capable of tackling this challenging role. Kimberly Akimbo is being staged by What If? Productions, which is becoming the local go-to for edgy, you-won’t-see-it-anywhere-else-in-town theater (they’ve performed shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about a transsexual rocker, and the incest-heavy The House of Yes). “To find an actor who can pull off the reality of being a modern teenager while dealing with the way she looks is tricky, and requires a technically gifted and emotionally versatile actor,” says Kyle Barnette, artistic director of What If? “It’s not a gimmick or a sight gag. This really is a 16-year-old girl in every way.” Barnette became interested in staging Kimberly Akimbo after seeing a production of the show in Atlanta several years ago. “[I] just found the premise so interesting and the use of a senior actor in such a complex role quite refreshing. We love to challenge ourselves with pieces that also challenge our actors.”
— Elizabeth Pandolfi
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