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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2012

In Eugene O'Neill's long-winded 1933 comedy, milksop Nat Miller and his fussbudget wife Essie preside over a big, semi-chaotic household consisting of Nat's sister Lily, Essie's brother Sid, four headstrong kids, and a clumsy maid. But the only ones who matter are lovelorn, middle-aged Lily, who broke off with alcoholic Sid 16 years ago yet still pines for him, and lovelorn, teenage Richard, who fancies that his frustrated crush on childhood sweetheart Muriel has transformed him into the next Swinburne. Both roles are perfectly cast in Kevin Hagan's production for Eclipse Theatre: Rebecca Prescott and Alex Weisman find great subtlety and depth in seemingly stereotypical characters. Trouble is, the show subsides into inert nostalgia whenever Prescott and Weisman aren't the center of attention—which is roughly half the time. —Justin Hayford

Price: $18-$48

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