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click to enlarge Randy Steinmeyer and Arti Ishak

Randy Steinmeyer and Arti Ishak

Courtesy Something Marvelous

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017
Price: $15-$28
Dana Lynn Formby’s tight, intense drama, being given its world premiere by Something Marvelous, isn't an easy play to watch—or to turn away from. From the moment the lights come up onstage, we're drawn in, and with each passing scene we care more and more about the two main characters: a needy daughter seeking validation and her psychologically wounded ex-marine father. Arti Ishak and Randy Steinmeyer play the pair with sometimes terrifying full-throttle intensity, heightened by Emmi Hilger’s simple, unobtrusive direction. Formby tells her story well; hours after the play ended I found myself still brooding over the fates of these two lost souls. —Jack Helbig



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