Weathering the Family Storm

What’s worse than being forced to spend an extended and unnecessary amount of time with your family thanks to holidays and weddings? Being stuck inside with them while a hurricane rages outside. Such is the ordeal that befalls three siblings and their parents in Captiva, 2011 Carbonell Award winner Christopher Demos-Brown’s dark, twisted comedy about family dysfunction. The play opens at the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. While celebrating the daughter’s engagement news, the family is marooned together when a hurricane unexpectedly changes course. Chaos ensues. Among the crazy-ass dynamics that bubble to the surface: the alcoholic father’s marriage to one of the son’s high school friends, rampant incestuous sexual tension, old family rivalries, and plenty of pent-up insecurities. Helplessly stranded, the relatives are forced to suffer through cabin fever with a crapload of wine and tense conversation while facing some ugly truths about themselves.
Wednesdays-Fridays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 3. Continues through Nov. 20, 2011
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Chris Joseph