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click to enlarge Nicholia Q. Aguirre and Lewis R. Jones

Nicholia Q. Aguirre and Lewis R. Jones

Joe Mazza

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 20 2017
Price: $20
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Two married couples do nocturnal battle over enough hard liquor to kill a triceratops in Edward Albee’s unhinged 1962 classic, the drawing-room play to end all drawing-room plays. This Pulse Theatre production, directed by Chris Jackson, nails the contrapuntal swinging mayhem of Albee’s script, but with the central pair out for blood from the first words, you miss the sense of their putting on a show for their young guests. Lewis R. Jones is terrific as husband George, a middle-aged associate professor of history bitter that he hasn't risen further at the university, over which his father-in-law presides as president. Nicholia Q. Aguirre, playing his sharp-tongued, daddy-doting wife, Martha, gives a raw performance pulled from places as deep down as an actor can go. Caught up in George and Martha’s brutal mind games, couple number two, doe-eyed Honey (played by Kate Robison, an amazing talent), and her husband, Nick (Adam Zaininger, brilliant), an ambitious junior biology professor, eventually wield weapons of their own. —Max Maller

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