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Matthew Isler, Robert Kauzlaric, Jeff Duhigg, Jodi Kingsley, and Gage Wallace

Matthew Isler, Robert Kauzlaric, Jeff Duhigg, Jodi Kingsley, and Gage Wallace

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016
Price: $25
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Had Sam Shepard been raised in a 1970s Belfast loyalist household, he might have become Gary Mitchell. His taut 1997 domestic drama focuses on two rivalrous brothers—Ray, a small-time thug, and Gordon, an equivocator hoping to escape the Troubles with his devout fiancee, Deborah—desperate to protect their intellectually disabled brother, Richard, from a witch hunt when his girlfriend is murdered. While director Jeri Frederickson can’t bring Belfast’s political situation into focus or make sense of who the play’s pivotal fourth character, Walter, is, she coaxes fierce, meticulous, heartbreaking performances from her unstinting cast. As Ray, Matthew Isler is a pathetic menace who commands the stage. But perhaps more impressive, Jodi Kingsley turns one-note Deborah into a complex character both courageous and pitiful. —Justin Hayford

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