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click to enlarge Martin Hanna and Elise Spoerlein

Martin Hanna and Elise Spoerlein

Matthew Freer

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017
Price: $10 suggested donation or free with the purchase of a tree
December is not the time for site-specific outdoor theater. Especially if it runs over two hours. Arianna Soloway has a bright idea in staging Pine, Jacqui Honess-Martin’s Christmas-tree-lot workplace drama, in an actual Christmas tree lot, but she doesn’t take full advantage of the setting: with the audience arranged around a stage area, the production be performed anywhere (ideally somewhere less cold and loud), and the location comes across as a gimmick. The script is filled with typical postgrad anxieties; forceful, nuanced performances from Elise Spoerlein and Aria Szalai-Raymond provide the fire that warms this chilly production. (Blankets and heaters are provided, but dress warmly.) —Oliver Sava

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