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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 1 2017

Can’t say I liked anything about A Princess of Mars, Otherworld Theatre's adaptation of the 1917 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’m not much of a sci-fi/fantasy person, though, so the trouble may be with my receiver and not the play’s transmitter. Then again, I can’t think of any less obviously theatrical scenario than beaming a hee-haw Confederate Army deserter onto the surface of Mars, where he must aid Dejah Thoris and the Tharks in their war with Zodanga. I wanted to believe in the aliens, I really did, but the oinking, growling, torture-loving Tharks were more dork than orc in their wrinkly warthog masks and pleather tunics. John Carter (Elliott Sowards), the earthling hero from Virginia, has the occasional splurt of countrified poignancy to his credit, but for me this play was sheer agony. —Max Maller

Price: $20, $10 students


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