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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 16 2014
Price: $25-$27
Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's 1998 musical (coconceived by its original director, Harold Prince) recounts the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish northerner living in Atlanta in 1913. Frank was wrongly convicted of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl who worked for him—and then was lynched after the governor commuted his death sentence. By turns stirring and strident, heart-wrenching and heavy-handed, the show outlines the political pressure and cultural and religious prejudices behind this injustice (which helped inspire the founding of the Anti-Defamation League). But it's at its best when it focuses on Leo and his wife, who found a new emotional intimacy through their ordeal. Linda Fortunato's staging for BoHo Theatre benefits hugely from Jim Deselm and Sarah Bockel's intense performances as the Franks, as well as the powerful ensemble vocals under Matt Deitchman's musical direction. —Albert Williams



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