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click to enlarge Vincent P. Mahler and Sara Pavlak McGuire

Vincent P. Mahler and Sara Pavlak McGuire

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Price: $25, students $10
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Though the Soviet Union is no longer with us, Lee Blessing’s witty 1988 play about the relationship that develops between an American and Soviet arms negotiator remains as relevant and entertaining as ever. In large part this is because Blessing writes with such a deft hand; his dialogue rings true, and his characters are utterly believable. But director Patrick Belics and his terrific two-person cast, Sara Pavlak McGuire and Vincent P. Mahler, also deserve praise for this well-paced, finely acted, utterly fascinating Spartan Theatre Company production. Mahler in particular perfectly captures the Russian soul—that contradictory mixture of idealism and cynicism that makes them seem at once lightly comic and deadly earnest. —Jack Helbig

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