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click to enlarge Debra Rodkin and Sarah C. Lo

Debra Rodkin and Sarah C. Lo

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 12 2017
Price: $20
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Lee Blessing balances heart and mind in his 1985 one-act character study of three talented but eccentric women: a visionary grandmother, her distant workaholic daughter, and her high-achieving but emotionally wounded granddaughter. In less than 90 minutes, we get to know and care about these three, their strengths and foibles, their mutual influences on one another, their stories and why they matter. Blessing’s words are brought to life in AstonRep Theatre Company’s remarkable production, codirected by Jeremiah Barr and Derek Bertelsen and performed by strong actors Debra Rodkin, Alexandra Bennett, and Sarah C. Lo, each of whom infuses her work with lots of warmth and wit, moving us while reminding us constantly of life’s many slings and arrows. —Jack Helbig

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