Who’s your mama?
Sacramento, CA 95814
Plotwise, Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow shouldn’t work. Young Chinese-adoptee genius with agoraphobia and mom issues builds a flying robot to search out her birth mother. Uh, too peculiar. But thanks to clever dialogue, tight direction, an imaginative set and a talented cast with an impressive breakout performance by Sylvia Kwan as Jenny, this B Street Theatre production is a fun-filled, thought-provoking wild ride of a trip. Jenny is a 22-year-old suburban Los Angeles computer genius who wants to find her Chinese roots while waging war with her concerned adoptive mother (Carolyn Howarth). Problem? She won’t leave her house. Solution? With the help of a pizza-delivery friend (an endearing Joe Styron) and an online cast of quirky characters (the always-funny Greg Alexander), Jenny builds a robot (Mayette Villanueva) that will track down her “real” mother.
Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; $22-$30. B Street Theatre, 2711 B Street; (916) 443-5300; www.bstreettheatre.org. Through February 13.