Wit and wisdom in ‘Siberia’ next up for Thingamajig Theatre Company

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Karin Daniels, left, stars in and Boni McIntyre co-directs the hilarious and acerbic “Siberia,” opening Feb. 16 at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

By Dale Scrivenger
Special to The PREVIEW
It was just a cold read-through, but as the actors around Karl Isberg spoke his words from the pages and put him face-to-face with his characters, the writer’s work became realized.
“What have I done?” Isberg said. If you know Isberg, there’s no more fitting response.
Co-Directors Laura Moore and Boni McIntyre direct the world premiere of Isberg’s acerbic and witty “Welcome to Siberia — Now, Go Home,” opening Feb. 16 at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Now in its seventh season, Thingamajig Theatre Company has accustomed audiences to seeing February plays performed by their peers, but, for the first time, the featured presentation is written by a professional community member who is also well-known to the Pagosa area.
“It’s an exciting transition, presenting local work,” said McIntyre. “Seeing this fictional community on the page come to life and then experiencing pieces of it at your own grocery store, later that day … I think our audiences will get a kick out of the similarities presented.”
Isberg’s “Siberia” follows multiple actors of varying ages, recalling various accounts of small-town living. It delves into the stages of life, professions and local color.
“It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard or seen on the Thingamajig stage,” remarked Moore, “and that’s a real good thing. All the performers are hilarious and have connected in hilarious ways to Karl’s script. Don’t miss this one — it could be you your neighbors are chuckling about.”
This year, Thingamajig Theatre is presenting “Parent’s Night Out” on Feb. 17. Thingamajig Theatre Company will entertain your kids at no additional cost while you enjoy the show. Reservations must be made and paid for in advance to enjoy this perk — no exceptions made. Call the box office for details.
Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “Welcome to Siberia — Now, Go Home,” opening Feb. 16. For tickets and show information, visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on February 7, 2018.