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Jonathan L. Green

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2017
Price: $25-$30
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British playwright Debbie Tucker Green turns catharsis on its head with this collection of brief scenes set in bare rooms across Europe and Africa. The people in those rooms are perpetrators, victims, and relatives of victims of such horrors as the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides, Northern Ireland's troubles, and South African apartheid, meeting ostensibly to confront the crimes that connect them. The circumstances are odd in that participants encounter one another without mediators; the content is mostly trivial, hung up on questions of who will sit where, if they agree to sit at all; and Green's pseudo-Mametian use of repetition and interjection gets annoying quickly, creating more chaos than clarity. But that's the point: Discussion is useless. Only the guilty and the dead know the truth. Under Jonathan L. Green's direction, this 60-minute Sideshow Theatre production concedes nothing to comfort. --Tony Adler

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