BY PUNCH SHAW
The deer takes the hit, but it is the people in the car who suffer the most.
“Deer,” a play by New York-based writer Aaron Mark having its world-premiere performance at Stage West, pivots on a single, harrowing moment: A couple driving to their vacation home after a funeral collides with a deer. Initially, we are concerned with the survival of the unfortunate beast. But ultimately it is the survival of the couple that is in doubt.
“Deer” is a billed as a dark comedy, but it sure has a lot more “dark” than “comedy.” This play is about the nature of madness, and there is nothing frivolous or funny about that.
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