Best Short Play: 'Make Yourself At Home' by Cricket Arrison

With only about 10 minutes of text and a fascinating concept, writer/performer Cricket Arrison provided one of the more rewardingly disorienting theater experiences of the past year. Inspired by the story of Lucy, the chimpanzee raised in captivity and taught sign language in the 1970s, Arrison imagined what it was like for Janis Carter, the graduate student who attempted to reintegrate Lucy to the wild. Arrison turned a rear portion of the Chicken Box into a jungle camp, and ingeniously captures the loneliness of both primates in this situation by performing for an audience of one, who plays the role of Lucy by wearing a chimpanzee mask. The result was both comically alienating and oddly moving.

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