Baby-boomer blues: Qual­ity of Life

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Af­ter the death of their daugh­ter, Di­nah and Bill ven­ture from Cleve­land to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia to visit Di­nah’s hip­pie cousin Jeanette and her hus­band, Neil, in the yurt they are liv­ing in af­ter a fire burned down their house. Di­nah and Bill are strait-laced and re­li­gious, whereas Jeanette and Neil are free spirits who have given up on con­ven­tional medicine to fight Neil’s fast-grow­ing can­cer. The stark truth of death and the prospect of soul-gut­ting grief color Qual­ity of Life, Jane An­der­son’s baby-boomer drama, but the pathos comes with plenty of cush­ion­ing hu­mor. New Mexico Ac­tors Lab presents Qual­ity of Life, di­rected by Robert Benedetti and Nicholas Bal­las, at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dios (3205 Calle Marie, 505-424-1601), open­ing Thurs­day, June 15, at 7:30 pm., and run­ning through July 2. Spe­cial open­ing-night tick­ets are $10; $20 there­after, with dis­counts avail­able. Visit www.nmac­torslab.com. — Jen­nifer Levin

Nicholas Bal­las and Jody Durham

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