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Mickey O'Sullivan and Laura Matthews

Cody Jolly

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $15
www.the-comrades.com
Anybody who appreciates technical refinement onstage will want to catch this Comrades' production, now in the middle of a four-week run at the Heartland Studio Theatre. Set during the Iraq War, Christopher Shinn’s drama had its initial run in 2006, when the first round of exit dates from the conflict had come and gone and people had started to wonder whether U.S. forces would ever be able to leave. Mickey O’Sullivan, last seen in Strawdog Theatre's DOA, has powerful gifts as an actor, and they're on display here as he plays identical twins, one of whom, Craig, has died in Baghdad, leaving his Harvard PhD thesis on Faulkner half finished and his brother, Peter, a gay actor, self-destructively struggling through his grief. Craig's widow, Kelly, brilliantly portrayed by Laura Matthews, is a therapist who confused Craig and now confuses Peter with her icy imperviousness in the face of conflict, whether global or domestic. When anger comes rippling out of her at the end, it's as chilling as it is cathartic. Elizabeth Lovelady directed. —Max Maller

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