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Tevion Lanier and Olivia Shine

Tevion Lanier and Olivia Shine

Courtesy the Frontier

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 6 2016
Price: $15, $10 students
Hokey, clunky, tricksy, and contrived, Lauren Gunderson's 2014 two-hander nevertheless possesses an (almost) saving sweetness—along with acting opportunities that are nicely exploited in this collaboration between the Yard and Jackalope Theatre Company. We find teenage Caroline in the bedroom to which, we're told, she's confined now due to a life-threatening liver disorder. In barges classmate Anthony, announcing that he's been assigned to partner with her on an American lit class project: a presentation on the use of pronouns in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." Naturally, they work up more than a presentation. Director Dana Murphy can't finesse Gunderson's sloppy progress toward a cheap, Twilight Zone-esque revelation. Still, Tevion Lanier's ingratiating Anthony and Olivia Shine's endearingly idiosyncratic Caroline combine with glimpses of the Good Gray Poet's greatness to produce a gentle 90 minutes. —Tony Adler



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