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BROKEN GLASS | When Actors Workshop Theatre staged this Arthur Miller play three years ago, I saw the lead character, Sylvia, as a vulnerable but vibrant woman suffering psychosomatic paralysis, inspired either by sympathy for the Jews in Nazi Germany--it's the 1930s--or by entrapment in a loveless marriage. Sylvia's plight remains crucial, but watching this revival my focus shifted to her self-hating husband and well-meaning but vain doctor, perhaps because the actors in these roles are the most captivating among a capable cast. Neal Grofman is aggravating but sympathetic as the husband, and Thomas Edson McElroy's doctor invites similarly mixed feelings. These two heighten the play's intensity in their scenes together before turning to powerful interactions with Jacqueline Grandt as Sylvia. Michael Colucci's staging feels cramped, but the cast makes Miller's examination of relationships, race, and responsibility expansive. Through 10/24: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Sun 10/24, 3 and 7 PM. Actors Workshop Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529. $15.

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