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click to enlarge Erich Peltz and Bryce Saxon

Erich Peltz and Bryce Saxon

Clare McKellaston

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 3 2017
Price: $20
Football is life in small-town Ohio. So who could blame tomboy Ash Miller (Bryce Saxon), the protagonist of Rachel Bykowski’s new play, for craving a share in the glory? The daughter of Westmont High's most illustrious former quarterback, she's determined that she'll eat the same boiled chicken and pints of cottage cheese as the boys do if it will earn her the final spot on the roster. Doesn't matter that she's too light and can't hit; "biology" is no obstacle. But the intensity in her eyes feels suicidal, or at least deeply reckless, and Ash's dad having burned out terribly after his letterman days, there's a lot going on below the surface here. 20 Percent Theatre retreads the outworn conventions of sports drama with an added, terrible measure of pain and heart. —Max Maller



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