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click to enlarge Evan Linder, David Weiss, and Adam Soule

Evan Linder, David Weiss, and Adam Soule

Matthew Freer

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2017
Price: $1-$18
If there's one thing that’s rarely in short supply at storefront theater, it's new plays that follow the Big Chill template: classmates and old buds reunite in adulthood for drinks, memories, arguments, and unexpected self-examination. Michael Perlman's 2015 script, about friends who surrender their smartphones at the door of a vacation home during two separate weekends, largely follows that tried-and-true format. But Broken Nose Theatre's version, retooled by Perlman and director Spenser Davis, reflects changes in casual conversations since the 2016 presidential race and election. The result is subtle and brilliant: over weed and whiskey, Robert Altman-style conversations about social issues, relationships, politics, and adulthood collide in unforeseen ways, working wonders out of what's often a stale formula. —Dan Jakes



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