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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2014
Price: $20-$60
This warmhearted drama by Samuel D. Hunter (named last week as a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant") unfolds at a nursing home in northern Idaho. Days before the facility is scheduled to close forever, a snowstorm strands the last remaining residents and staff members. The premise feels a little contrived, as though the playwright couldn't think of a better way to keep his characters in the same room and worrying about the future. But the script is redeemed by Hunter's unsentimental compassion for ordinary folk and their various approaches to mortality and other scary inevitabilities. Things could have gotten goopy or gloomy, but director Joanie Schultz and her sensitive cast handle the characters with humor and restraint. The results are both tender and unsparing. —Zac Thompson

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