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Morgan McNaught and Deanna Reed-Foster

Morgan McNaught and Deanna Reed-Foster

Evan Hanover

Even Longer and Farther Away

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 15 2016
Price: $20
Penned by Chelsea Marcantel and directed by Thrisa Hodits, the New Colony’s follow-up to its standout production of Byhalia, Mississipi turns to another, more storied part of the south—the Appalachian Trail. The story follows Elliot, an angsty 30-year-old hiking the trail with a motley crew carrying his late father’s ashes to honor the man’s dying wish. The setting, a town “no one finds accidentally and no one leaves before they’re ready,” is ripe for suspension of disbelief, dripping with a southern voodoo vibe. It's filled with “mountain folk” who seem as old as the trees around them—like Trudy, played by Deanna Reed-Foster, whose earthy power sizzles beneath a patient and observant exterior. But despite an interesting big reveal about Elliot’s father, the show's emotional depth and character development hardly measure up to the setting’s potential. —Marissa Oberlander



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