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Arts & Entertainment - January 27, 2012

Putting the fun in dysfunction

Dragon finds the charm and humor in an odd comedy

by Kevin Kirby

Scott McPherson's play "Marvin's Room," which opened last weekend at Dragon Productions, is a difficult work to describe. The show is a comedy about Mortality with a capital M; nearly half the characters are either terminally or chronically ill. The laughs, though, come not from the sort of gallows humor one might expect, but rather from a sitcom-y blend of over-the-top nuttiness and all-too-real family dysfunction.

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