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click to enlarge Salar Ardebili and Rob Frankel in The North Pool

Salar Ardebili and Rob Frankel in The North Pool

Emily Schwartz

The North Pool 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26 2016
Price: $14-$24
Khadim is a Syrian-born Muslim teenager attending a public high school somewhere in the U.S. Dr. Danielson is the school's vice principal—and very possibly a sleaze. On the final day before spring break Danielson finds a minor reason to hold Khadim for detention, then uses the time (and the solitude, everyone else having cleared out) to pursue more dangerous matters. Well-wrought and judicious, Rajiv Joseph's 2013 two-hander is a whodunit with a heart, exploiting our preconceived notions about people like Khadim and Danielson both to heighten its mystery and deliver its moral. James Yost's 80-minute staging for Interrobang Theatre is competent but a little crabbed in that it gets us compellingly to the point yet fails to take full advantage of the psychic and physical violence inherent in the situation. Set designer Greg Pinsoneault does a great job of reproducing the classic school administrator's office. —Tony Adler



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