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Lucky Me

We've all heard about people whose presence causes computers, watches, cars, and other appliances to go haywire, or those who seem to attract a disproportionate share of bad luck, but Sara (Dee Covington) is in a class by herself. For the sake of not spoiling this mirthful story, we'll forgo some of the details, but we guarantee you'll be laughing at Sara's bizarre life.

Dee Covington as Sara and Erik Sandvold as Tom
Dee Covington as Sara
and Erik Sandvold as Tom
Photo: Michael Ensminger
She lives with her father, Leo (Randy Moore), a retired, and now blind, insurance agent. One day, she falls off the roof of her apartment building, trying to fix the constant leaks that her landlord, Yuri (Kurt Brighton), is unable (or unwilling) to plug. She is rescued by a neighbor, Tom (Erik Sandvold), a TSA security guard—and we're off and running.

Although the finely detailed set (Markos Henry) has only three doors and a window, Playwright Robert Caisley's knack for havoc and mayhem—multiple ceiling leaks (that seem to follow Sara's pet fishes' domiciles around the living room), innumerable blown light bulbs (Sara claims she spent $4700 on bulbs last year), a few broken windows (the closet is overflowing with hockey pucks), some fractured limbs and worse—make for a robust farce that ends with a classical sweet note.

Randy Moore as Leo
Randy Moore as Leo
Photo: Michael Ensminger
Covington's emotionally elusive and goofy Sara turns the poor woman's constant domestic incidents into a new normal, much to the curiosity of Sandvold's guileless Tom, who seems nothing more than bemused by the inexplicable series of borderline paranormal events. It's Leo that confounds Tom. Moore, the man of a thousand faces, has a field day inhabiting the acerbic Tom, whose sightlessness and vituperative invective ("I can smell your uniform and hear the stupid look on your face.") act as a shield against all forms of consternation. If there is anyone that does curmudgeonliness better than Moore, we haven't seen him, in London, New York, or Denver.

Dee Covington as Sara, Erik Sandvold as Tom, and Kurt Brighton as Yuri
Dee Covington as Sara,
Erik Sandvold as Tom,
and Kurt Brighton as Yuri
Photo: Michael Ensminger
Then there's Yuri. In another play, one might call Brighton's habitually underfed and perpetually procrastinating Ukrainian handyman the comic relief, but in Caisely's script there are very few gaps anywhere between the zingers, sight gags, slapstick, and general zaniness. Brighton, brandishing insouciant bravado and a Eastern European accent of comic verisimilitude, has Leo all figured out: "... one-third true, one-third lost memory, and one-third complete BS." He also warns Tom not to go out with Sara: "Be careful. Things happen to people who hang around her."

The quirky set is a character unto itself, featuring a couch and a chair covered in form-fitted plastic covers and a unique set of containers (Kristin Hamer, properties) spread out to catch the intermittent and moveable streams of water leaking from the roof. The creative crew outdoes itself synchronizing the lighting (Jacob Welch), sound (Brian Freeland), and physical effects, not to mention the funny costumes (Kevin Brainerd).

Luck, like love, turns out to be in the eyes of the beholder.

Curious Theatre Company's National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Robert Caisley's Lucky Me, directed by Chip Walton, runs through December 6th. For tickets: 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org.

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