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click to enlarge Rainee Denham, Judy Lea Steele, Susie Griffith, and Barbara Roeder Harris

Rainee Denham, Judy Lea Steele, Susie Griffith, and Barbara Roeder Harris

Tom McGrath

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017
Price: $32, $27 seniors, $12 students and military
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Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning 1958 modernist retelling of the Book of Job gets a passionate, sometimes furious revival from City Lit Theater. Set on the grounds outside a circus big top, two vendors named Zuss and Nickles decide to play God and Satan and walk the audience through Job's trials and tribulations. All 23 roles in the play are played masterfully by an ensemble of nine women over 55. This casting accentuates MacLeish's deft commentary on the suffering of the forgotten and slighted, and be they angels or devils, the characters all wrestle with the big questions with earnestness and wit. As Job (called J.B. here) says near the end by way of explaining why he never lost faith, "What suffers loves." Brian Pastor directed. —Dmitry Samarov

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