by Richard Sanford
Red Herring continues their ambitious season with the world premiere of Creighton James’ dark comedy Dirt in a visceral, frenetic mounting directed by Amanda Phillips.
Dirt recasts Sam Shepard’s working-class surrealism as a cartoonish farce. Jimmy (Benjamin Turner) returns to his hometown in the heart of coal country Pennsylvania for the first time in seven years. He and his brother Rusty (Samuel Patridge), who stayed and still works in the mine, are on a mission to exhume the remains of their father before the bulldozers of eminent domain churn up all that ground.
by Sheldon Gleisser
Perhaps the safest way to review Red Herring's production of "Dirt," written by Creighton James and directed by Amanda Phillips, is to say that it's about two brothers intent on digging up the body of their dead father.
No, it's NOT an adaptation of a Stephen King story! 7 years ago, brothers Rusty (Samuel Patridge) and Jimmy (Benjamin Turner) carried out a do-it-yourself euthanasia on their aged to-the-point-of-pain pater familias. With a highway soon coming right through their former property, the boys would just as soon dispose of the bones themselves in order to avoid awkward questions.