In God's Ear
Grief - and what occurs in the space between loss and healing - is explored via Jenny Schwartz's adeptly fragmented prose in God's Ear. When a couple's son drowns, they're bowled over by the expected guilt, love, and pain. But life's ceaselessly marching parade of waiting rooms and loose teeth and barroom insults don't stand quietly by until the confusion passes.
Schwartz's fragmented language and director Erika Chong Shuch's swirl of movement are a compelling frame for the bravery and mistakes and hallucinations (in the guise of cameos by the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe) that occur as parents navigate their loss.
Accolades for this one are flowing in, and the show's run has just been extended. So if you've never checked out Shotgun Players in Berkeley, now's the time.
Through June 27. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets are $15-28 at www.shotgunplayers.org.