Show by Eminent Playwright And Heights Grad Opens at Ensemble
Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ explores different kinds of pain through humor.
Most on-stage love stories don’t take place over 30 years and happen in various medical facilities. But the play opening today at Ensemble Theatre, Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph, takes exactly those risks.
In just 80 minutes, the play delves into the physical and emotional pain of two people, from age 8 to middle age, often employing dark humor to make its points.
Joseph, whose Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, was born in Cleveland and is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School.
The two-hander at Ensemble features top talent, including Dan Folino and Ensemble artistic director Celeste Cosentino on stage, under the direction of Fred Sternfeld.
Gruesome Playground Injuries, from April 27 to May 20. Tickets: $10-$20. Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights. 216-321-2930, email@example.com.