If you’ve ever had toe fungus, Dale’s plight will put your problem in perspective. His private parts are infested by . . . well, let’s just call it another form of life. To tell you any more would ruin the fun of the delightful Incurable by Seamus Sullivan.
Any man will feel uncomfortable empathy with Dale (Ben Kingsland) and his manic reaction to his affliction. He reasonably worries that he might have a dreaded STD (sexually transmitted disease). While Dr. Nye (Aviva Pressman) seems less concerned about the whole situation, at least Dale can rely upon his good friend Carly (Mia Branco). Dale and Carly are close enough to discuss each other’s sexual partners.
Incurable has a delightful quality I like to call “Fringeosity.” I use it to describe works with an unusual and clever premise that then takes increasingly bizarre turns while maintaining an odd yet comedic tone.
Characters can also possess “Fringeosity” as exemplified in this play by Greta (who I can’t discuss further without ruining a surprise). As Greta, the petite redhead Genevieve James contributes cheery line readings that will provoke belly laughs. She is so good that you wish she had a larger role in the production. Ditto for ensemble member (and playwright) Seamus Sullivan.
As Incurable moves along, it manages to maintain most of the humor while adding a deeper emotional subtext. Mia Branco makes Carly a well-rounded character who keeps the work grounded and something more than mere sophomoric fun.
While Incurable may not be for everyone (and certainly not for the kids), it’s an intelligent comedy with enough offbeat originality to be memorable. If you need some laughs, Incurable may be your cure.
You have 2 more chances to catch Incurable at the Warehouse, 645 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC.