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  The Finger at Venus Theatre Play Shack

The Finger

Venus Theatre Play Shack
21 C Street Laurel

The Finger draws its impetus from a vacuum, from a family bereft, and the implacable dynamics between two women. In it, a disappearance calls for-and exacts-rituals in the gap between life and death.

Thru - Oct 13, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Box Office: 202-236-4078

  The Finger Reviews
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DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...I readily confess that there are details and nuances of this play and the acting I probably missed on a first viewing. It is, I believe, a play worth seeing more than once. Located in a Laurel side street storefront off the beaten track of the DMV theater scene, Venus can struggle to attract sizeable audiences. This play, and this theater company, have earned and deserve large and appreciative audiences, and I strongly recommend to readers that they take the opportunity to see The Finger. You'll wind up not only admiring the production but thinking about what you've seen well after its conclusion."
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Bob Ashby

Theatre Bloom - Highly Recommended

"...Catherine Gilbert and Amy Rhodes are the two players who bring Shkurta and Zoja’s story to life. Gilbert, who plays the younger character of Shkurta, is radiant and resilient. While not living in as deeply skewed a version of reality as the Zoja character, Gilbert embraces the slightly slanted approach to her character’s own existence wholeheartedly. The play itself is a disorienting clash of worlds and words, feelings and emotions, all knotted up in tangles of the grief process; both Gilbert and Rhodes handle these moments differently while sharing the shouldered burden of the plot’s important message."
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Amanda Gunther

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...This play’s greatest strength is its visceral evocation of domestic claustrophobia. Amy Rhodes’s set delineates space with two hanging windows. The mooring of Venus Theatre’s stage in the middle of two seating areas heightens the fishbowl feeling. The kitchen table is too short for the actors, the chairs rock on lopsided legs, the suitcases dragged up from the cellar are oversized, and every prop reminds the characters that their environment is a bad fit. Shkurta and Zoja prepare a meal in real time, and the homey smell wafting through the theater paired with the discomfort between the two women calls attention to the way gendered caretaking rituals like cooking can trample the spirit as easily as nurture it."
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Hannah Berk

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