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In this seminal 1965 kitchen-sink drama playwright Edward Bond painted a bleak picture of South London, where slackerly young men and sluttish young women have no more chance of escaping their squalid environment than the drugged, abandoned baby casually murdered by street hoodlums. The script shows its age at times, but the cast assembled by director Richard Cotovsky for this Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company production fully commits to Bond's gloomy universe in some of the best ensemble playing likely to be seen this season. Every moment reflects the volatile anger lurking just beneath the passive despair of citizens mired in poverty and nihilistic indifference. --Mary Shen Barnidge a Through 2/25: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Sun 2/4, 2 PM only, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan, 773-871-0442, $18-$22.


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