The show is arguably the prolific Rapp's most successful New York outing. Following a positive review by the New York Times' Bruce Weber, the Edge Theater Company run extended. The Times subsequently ran a feature on Rapp.
Adam Rapp's Faster and Trueblinka received New York premieres in the past eight months. Stone Cold had its world premiere at American Repertory Theatre in early 2002.
Guy Boyd, Betsy Aidem, Gretchen Cleevely and Matt Stadelmann star as the Ledbetter family, just your average whacked-out American clan. Dad's hooked on pain pills and QVC. Junior is the master of computer hard drives and the video game Tang Dynasty. Sis is kept busy stealing and walking the streets. And Mom? Well, she works double shifts at the diner to pay for everyone else's lifestyle. The plot is typical of Rapp's high-octane, word avalanche style. Carolyn Cantor directs.
The Edge is only a couple years old. Cantor and David Korins founded it after working together at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and New York City.
Tickets are $40. Performances are at the Chashama Theatre (135 W. 42nd Street). Call (212) 206-1515.