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click to enlarge Rose Sengenberger and Mike Newquist

Rose Sengenberger and Mike Newquist

Paul Goyette

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2017
Price: $25 ($15 industry night, Mon 8/21)
In Lisa Kron’s play, set in 2000, Ellen (Rose Sengenberger), a smart but slightly aimless intellectual and writer, wants more than she can have. She wants to see Amy (Alison Plott) while staying committed long-term to Danny (Mike Newquist). She wants to register her outrage at the flawed American “system” during dinner gatherings, and to be pleasant and inoffensive at them too. Between bouts of relationship battling and political speechifying, clips from the nonstop news cycle are projected against the back wall of Rachel Rauscher’s plain, domestic set for this production by the Comrades. Bush II defeats Gore. Bush II mutters threats into a megaphone at Ground Zero. Helicopters pull bodies off of rooftops in New Orleans. As each chaotic blip fades to static, it’s clear that some connection is being posited between the footage and the play, but the two run on parallel tracks, never meeting up. Alex Mallory directed. —Max Maller



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