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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31 2014
Price: $20
This new stage version of Ivan Turgenev's 1859 novel concerns middle-aged aristocrat Fyodor Lavretsky, who returns after a long absence to the country estate where he grew up. Estranged from his unfaithful, frivolous wife, the sensitive nobleman falls in love with his niece, Liza, a serious and deeply religious young woman he has known since her childhood. The potent and universal theme of midlife self-reflection comes through in writer-director Mike Brayndick's earnest adaptation, compensating for the stodgy pacing, cheap costumes, and sometimes amateurish acting in this On the Spot Theatre Company production. The show's greatest asset is Stephen Gawrit's sound design, which effectively merges Mikey Moran's original incidental music with classical selections that reinforce the story's setting (1840s Russia) as well as its emotional content. —Albert Williams



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