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click to enlarge Laura Berner Taylor and Sarah Gise

Laura Berner Taylor and Sarah Gise

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016
Price: $24, $17 students, $14 seniors
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Jen Silverman’s 2013 play concerns the emotional impact of a stillbirth on the mother, her midwife, and her dead child (who literally haunts the action). Still, which won the Yale Drama Series Award, raises some interesting issues about mourning and loss, but it's not very dramatic or interesting despite featuring a strong non-Equity ensemble under the direction of Georgette Verdin for Interrobang Theatre. Silverman’s characters talk, move around the stage, and strike poses; they just don't change, develop, or reveal anything about themselves or the world around them. Which is a shame, because there are flashes when we see what superb work her cast is capable of. Matthew Nerber, for example, is quite winning as the perky ghost, eager to learn about a world he’s no longer part of. —Jack Helbig

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