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click to enlarge Melissa Nelson and Takesha Kizart

Melissa Nelson and Takesha Kizart

Ron Goldman

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 10 2017
Price: $32, $17 students and seniors
Genesis Theatricals presents the world premiere of Stephanie Liss's drama based on her experiences as a Jewish humanitarian aid worker in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A rabbi, humanitarian volunteer, victim, rescue worker, and child soldier in turn offer soliloquies on suffering. Each character is a composite, and the speeches are syntheses of multiple experiences, which results in several well-meaning sermons but not much of a story. The play culminates in a graphic and horrifying description of rape and murder. Had it started there rather than with a litany of platitudes, this might have been a powerful chronicle of a catastrophe. Elayne LeTraunik directed. —Dmitry Samarov



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