What would you do if a strange couple walked up to your door and asked to peek inside because one of them had supposedly grown up in the house? That’s just one of the questions you’ll still be pondering when The Ding Dongs (or What Is the Penalty in Portugal?) is over. After the strange couple appears at the start of Brenda Withers’s new play, which opens tonight in a preview at the Dairy Center for the Arts, the two are invited in — and they never leave.
“The script itself is really great — it’s very, very funny for the first two-thirds, and then it takes a turn and suddenly becomes very terrifying,” says Square Product Theatre artistic director Emily K. Harrison, who is also one of the show’s three actors. “It’s almost like sci-fi; it has a real Twilight Zone-y feel to it, in a way. And that’s what I love about it. I’m always attracted to theater like this, the kind that starts out funny until it hits a hook that spins the whole thing into something that will make you think about it after it’s over.”
And the idea of adverse possession is a topical idea in modern American society, where mortgages sometimes mean nothing. “People can actually come into your house and kick you out,” Harrison adds. “They take what they want, as if it’s their God-given right.”
See The Ding Dongs, which features a set decked out in mid-century decor and original Twilight Zone-inspired music, starting at 8 p.m. at the Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. The run continues there through April 20, then moves to work|space, 2701 Lawrence Street in Denver, where it plays from April 25 to May 4. Tickets are $14 to $18; for information and reservations, visit square-producttheatre.org or call 800-838-3006.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 20, 4 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through April 20, 2013