Colder than Here

April 6-28, 2007. PURE Theatre.

Colder than Here had the elements of a British farce — an exasperated father, outspoken daughters, and a mother trying to keep the household together. But in a play where the main prop was a cardboard coffin, the subject matter was bleak at best. Nevertheless, PURE’s production matched the bittersweet drama of a woman’s final days with germane comedy. From the outset, the family was aware of the mother’s death and struggled to cope. The cast, led by Cynthia Barnett, managed to laugh in the face of death and show that life must go on, even when there’s a coffin in the middle of your living room.

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