leslea kroll is one of my favorite playwrights. i've never known anyone who can so skillfully hear what language does. her new play, swallow, meditates on tar sands and ivory gulls, migrant workers and loneliness, dormancy and dreams, the resilience of sisters and the fragility of -- well, teeth, lungs, eyes, eggs: all of it. this play is smart, tender, and cutting and, in case that wasn't enough, it sneaks in a lyrical little bit o'marx. eileen sproule directs, rebecca sparr and laura rabound act (and wow, do they), dave clarke does a fantastic sound design.
swallow is playing at azimuth theatre through sunday. $15 or pay-what-you-can. for more, check out the preview in vue.