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click to enlarge Natara Easter and Kate Young

Natara Easter and Kate Young

Dakota Sillyman

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2017
Price: $35, $30 seniors, $20 students
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New Hampshire, 1777. The British occupation and the old Puritan ethic have each come under attack, the one by rebel forces of the Springtown militia, the other by the loose morals of a wily outcast, Richard Dudgeon (Gary Alexander). A case of mistaken identity thrusts Richard into accidental virtue, and brings out the diabolical side in his most Presbyterian of townsmen, the Reverend Anthony Anderson (Doug MacKechnie). There could hardly be a more ancient stage trick, but Shaw, last of the great Victorian rhetoricians, loads every twist and turn of the melodrama with a deadly accuracy of phrase that bristles even in a concert reading, ShawChicago’s trademark for 23 years. The cast, directed by Robert Scogin, is so good it hurts—you’ll wish you could see them do more, particularly Barbara Zahora, playing the minister’s overwrought wife. —Max Maller

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