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   from the issue of August 24, 2006

'Strangers with Candy' continues at the Ross

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center is presenting a daring leap backwards as "Strangers with Candy" plays through Aug. 31.


A prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series of the same name, "Strangers with Candy" is a tale of Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), a 47-year-old ex-con junkie who decides to return home after 32 years as a runaway.

When Jerri arrives at her childhood home, she discovers her earlier disappearance has caused her father to slip into a self-induced coma. Moved by guilt, and with hopes of jarring her father from his eternal slumber, Jerri decides to turn her life around by picking it up exactly where she left off - as a high school freshman.

Once re-enrolled in high school, and seeking to find that special thing to erase 32 years of debauchery, Jerri stumbles upon the school sponsored State Science Fair. Convinced that winning the fair will resurrect her father, she signs up, expecting an easy stroll down the road to victory. Not surprisingly, she finds that the path is fraught with the many adolescent problems and temptations that plague all teenagers, but especially a 47-year-old former boozer, user and loser.

The short film, "El Doctor," is showing prior to "Strangers with Candy."

By Suzan Pitt, "El Doctor" is the story of a bitter, ailing, alcoholic doctor in a small Mexican town who stumbles onto the street towards his car.

In a flash he is whisked away by two approaching medical attendants to the nearby hospital to heal a patient with holes throughout his body. The doctor sees no hope and lets the man die. As he walks back towards his car, a talking gargoyle admonishes the old doctor and tells him he'd be better off committing suicide. In his car, the doctor's heart begins to give way.

As he approaches death, the saint of emptiness appears to show the old man a new way of seeing life.

Also showing at the Ross are, "In the Wake of Catastrophe," "Lower City" (rated R), "Mutual Appreciation," and "Undiscovered Gems."

For show times, go online to or call 472-5353.



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