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click to enlarge Priya Mohanty and Adam Poss

Priya Mohanty and Adam Poss

Liz Lauren

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 14 2017
Price: $20-$60, $15 students
"Would you choose friendship over truth?" The tagline of Madhuri Shekar's world premiere may sound like a conundrum to graduates of the Mike Daisey School of Ethics—wherein lies are encouraged so long as they feel true—but for statisticians and field researchers, the answer is clear: Is that some kind of joke? Two PhD candidates studying colony collapse disorder (Priya Mohanty and Darci Nalepa) grapple with it in earnest after they discover that serious mathematical discrepancies may compromise their years-in-the-making conclusions set to be published soon in a high-profile journal. Mohanty and Adam Poss enjoy some amusing sitcom relationship antics, and somewhere in Joanie Schultz's Victory Gardens production are the ingredients for a satire about how wildly intelligent people can make wildly stupid choices, but as presented, it's a lesson in stating the obvious. —Dan Jakes

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