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Recap: “Appropriate” at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre

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It’s not often that I head to the theater after work. Usually it’s either home to get beauty sleep or off to happy hour. But when you get the chance to bond with the busy girl on the go, Cori Sue, you take advantage of it.

After indulging in hot apple cider laced with rum at the W Hotel’s Apres Ski event, we hopped in a cab and made our way to see “Appropriate” as guests of Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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When you put both Cori Sue and I together, there is a slight (read 100 percent) chance we will be fashionably late. The cute watches that grace our wrists are merely for show, people. Needless to say, we slid into the theatre a tiny bit late and took our seats in the spacious mezzanine, focusing our attention on the actors on stage.

Before attending we both read through the synopsis to get an idea of what we could expect from the play. The plot centers around an estranged and highly dysfunctional family that discovers a shocking secret while settling the affairs of their recently deceased patriarch. The description had me eager to attend and to find out what the shocking family secret was.

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Unfortunately the shocking twist was highly predictable and not as shocking as I was expecting. This made the play feel as if it was dragging on and it truly felt its two hours and thirty minute time span. The plot may have been a little weak, but the acting and set design were phenomenal.

While the story didn’t capture my attention, the acting certainly did. It was easy to see that every member of the cast was a seasoned professional, even those who played juvenile roles. Each actor assumed the role of their character and portrayed them flawlessly. This was the saving grace of the show and made the experience enjoyable.

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The set design also lent itself to the experience as a whole. It was expertly crafted and truly made the audience feel as if they were in an abandoned plantation home suffering from a bad case of hoarding.

If you have a few hours to kill one evening and enjoy the theater, pick up tickets to “Appropriate” and find out what the “shocking” twist is for yourself. “Appropriate” will be playing at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company now through December 1. You can get tickets and pricing here.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-3939

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