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Kathryn Acosta and Christina Gorman

Kathryn Acosta and Christina Gorman

Ian McLaren

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016
Price: $18-$30
stagelefttheatre.com
Beth Kander's new drama centers on and takes an empathetic look at Alley (Kathryn Acosta), the younger sister of a notorious school shooter, as she tries to move on at a new school, then ten years later, when she's still trying to come to terms with his actions. Amy Szerlong's Stage Left Theatre production slowly creates a convincing and rich character portrait. Too much, though, gets lost behind its central poetic visual metaphor, and flashback scenes can't overcome the stagnating effect of therapist couch back-and-forths. —Dan Jakes

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