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The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2015
Price: $35
Richard Nelson's Apple Family plays center on four adult siblings and their elderly Uncle Benjamin. In That Hopey Changey Thing, the family gathers for dinner on Election Day 2010; Sorry takes place two years later, on the day Benjamin is to be checked into a retirement home. Both plays (there are two more in the series, though they’re not being performed here) feature long debates on politics and American mores, but the atmosphere owes less to Crossfire than the funny-sad humanism of Chekhov, whose Three Sisters is an obvious influence. In Louis Contey's perceptive staging, the script is matched in intelligence and feeling by an excellent cast that includes Janet Ulrich Brooks as the stalwart eldest sister and Mike Nussbaum as poor, muddled Benjamin. —Zac Thompson



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