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Disassembly: Dark Comedy in Berkeley

Impact knows black comedy. So does local playwright Steve Yockey. Thus, a marriage is made in dark humor heaven.

Yockey is gaining some serious traction in the Bay Area and his fourth world premiere is currently playing at Impact. Disassembly tells the tale of Evan, an accident-prone man who beats his previous record of disturbing injuries by getting himself stabbed in the shoulder. As he heals, his apartment is invaded by his sister, his fiancee, a bitter neighbor with a troubling assortment of stuffed cats, and an influx of random visitors. Desdemona Chiang directs the convergence of treacherous secrets as Evan’s apartment becomes a hotbed of lies and disaster and, apparently, a whole mess of plush felines. 

One of the first local companies to use Kickstarter to help support their work, you can be a patron of Impact and the wildly irreverent arts here. Or you can just go see the show. Or do both, because you can bring pizza and beer into the theater with you, and I'm pretty sure that's something Kickstarter doesn't support. (Yet.)

Through June 11. La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets are $10-20 at impacttheatre.com.