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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2016

On the surface, cloning is the subject of this gripping 2002 one-act by British playwright Caryl Churchill. In halting, elliptical dialogue, a father is confronted both by the troubled son he sent away and by the cherished replacement built from the genetic material of the first. But Churchill is less concerned with the mechanics of her sci-fi premise than with examining the longing to fix past misdeeds and the impossibility of do-overs. In Domenica Cameron-Scorsese’s quietly shattering production for Runcible Theatre Company, Stephen Fedo shows how the father is both well-meaning and cruel, while Owen Hickle-Edwards—doing triple duty as the son, the replacement, and one of the extra clones made without the father’s knowledge—is alternately anguished, menacing, and blithe. —Zac Thompson

Price: $26


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