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Brian Parry, Aaron Kirby, and Adam Bitterman

Brian Parry, Aaron Kirby, and Adam Bitterman

Jan Ellen Graves

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016
Price: $30-$35, $25-$30 students and seniors
The three-person cast of this Redtwist production spend two hours swimming upstream. They’ve all delivered convincing performances with the company before, so the problem likely lies in Michael Healey’s belabored script. It starts implausibly: a young actor wandering the Canadian countryside asks a pair of random, reclusive fiftysomething farmers if he can live with them for a while because he’s, um, writing a play about farmers, and they let him right in. Then it grows increasingly contrived. Healey takes too long to invent something that matters (the kid’s inability to write anything good doesn’t, although it eats up lots of stage time), then overreaches with an overcooked dark-secret twist. Director Scott Weinstein’s overly emphatic production often plays to the script’s weaknesses. —Justin Hayford

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