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Tom McGrath

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2017
Price: $20 suggested donation
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In Adrienne Kennedy’s 1992 exploration of memory, reading, and racial hatred, successful author Suzanne Alexander (Renee Lockett) returns to her alma mater and in a play-length lecture reveals the backstory behind her career as a novelist: the unpunished Jim Crow-era slaying of her twin daughters by a white man. Between Suzanne’s lecture, flashbacks to her younger self (Danielle Thorsen) in her blissfully bookish college days, and the ill-fated seductions of a young white professor (Tim Moan), nearly all that happens onstage is the physical act of reading, which makes for a kind of inertia. That plus the long stretches of dense, self-consciously "literary" direct address sap this Dandelion Theatre production of drama, though the unfairness depicted still stirs. —Max Maller

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