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click to enlarge Kelly O’Sullivan and Kareem Bandealy

Kelly O’Sullivan and Kareem Bandealy

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12 2017
Price: $42.50-$52.50
In act one the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, has to cope with the Ice Age. In act two it's the biblical flood. Act three? A devastating war. I wish this sounded more far-fetched than it does. Thornton Wilder's masterpiece was supposed to be absurd when it premiered in 1942 (all except for the war part; that was real enough at the time). But now—given Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California wildfires, just for starters—the disasters Wilder piled on humankind are beginning to look like business as usual. Which only makes this Remy Bumppo Theatre production more apt and worthwhile. Wilder tells the unlikely story of Homo sapiens' survival with idiosyncratic wit, deep empathy, and formal innovations that anticipate writers like Eugene Ionesco. Krissy Vanderwarker's staging is effective, though it picks up better on the play's light tones than on the dark ones. Kelly O'Sullivan is amusingly wry as Sabina—narrator, seducer, and slave. —Tony Adler


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