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Delray's Arts Garage is battleground for "The Hummingbird Wars"

Staff Writer

Feel like the deck is stacked against you? Bills increasing while your pay stays stagnant? Can’t get a human on the phone in customer service? Maybe you suspect that City Hall has a conspiracy against you...personally?

Then, man, oh man, does Arts Garage in Delray Beach have a dark comedy of a play for you. “The Hummingbird Wars” is about everything crumbling for a middle-class family in Minnesota. Even the walls of their home are cracked. The water pipes are gushing water, and the house’s foundation is unstable. Just as worrying, gun after gun keeps appearing.

The title? Well, apparently hummingbirds are always a few hours from starvation, just as, the playwright Carter W. Lewis suggests in this world premiere, we are precariously close to death by “internal annihilation.”

It will be a death by piled-on indignities, against which we are impotent: PIN numbers, court-ordered eminent domain, homeowners’ association policies, bureaucratic paperwork, online passwords and health insurance woes.

As the comedy shifts tones from satire to something closer to absurdist, the acting can come off a little wobbly. But the cast pulls it off with a swirling vortex of an ending after 75 minutes with no intermission.

“The Hummingbird Wars” runs through Feb. 2 at Theatre at Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $30-$45. Call: 561-450-6357 or go to

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