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click to enlarge Hayley Rice, Wardell Julius Clark, Cassandra Bissell, Belinda Bremner, and Jeannie Affelder

Hayley Rice, Wardell Julius Clark, Cassandra Bissell, Belinda Bremner, and Jeannie Affelder

D. Rice

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 30 2017
Price: $29-$39, $26-$36 students and seniors
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Lauren Gunderson’s simple, gracefully written biographical play, about pioneering American astronomer Henrietta Leavitt—whose discoveries in the early 20th century greatly expanded our conception of the size of the universe—is well matched by director Melanie Keller’s strong, elegant, moving production for First Folio Theatre. Cassandra Bissell is especially compelling as Leavitt, communicating at once her quirky brilliance and the persistence she needed to make her discoveries and forge ahead in a field dominated by men eager to use her talents but much less eager give her credit. The lighting, costumes, and set mirror the strengths of the script; Christopher Kriz’s sound design is particularly evocative. —Jack Helbig

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