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click to enlarge Drew Johnson and Emily Tate

Drew Johnson and Emily Tate

Jan Ellen Graves

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2016
Price: $30-$35, $25-$30 students and seniors
The title of Jake Jeppson's 90-minute one-act, a world premiere from Redtwist Theatre, refers to a sea turtle that is rescued by the play's protagonist, young stay-at-home mom Molly, after the creature has lost its way on its instinct-driven transatlantic odyssey to its ancestral spawning ground. The reptile is Jeppson's metaphor for modern America. Molly (the engaging, expressive Emily Tate), her husband (Drew Johnson), his brother (Michael Sherwin), and the brother's wife (Carolyn Kruse) are decent people having trouble connecting with each other and their own humanity, distracted by the relentless barrage of sound and images coming at them from their phones, Facebook, and sports and cable news TV shows. Set against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential campaign (Molly's brother-in-law is a hard-right Republican angry at having lost his job in a corporate downsizing), Turtle is a slight but sensitively written character study, remarkably timely in light of the recent election. Beautifully acted under Damon Kiely's direction, it features shimmeringly atmospheric lighting by Daniel Friedman. —Albert Williams

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