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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2016

After a long absence, Tess returns to her childhood home in the suburbs of southern California in order to settle some mysterious unfinished business with her mother, who’s nowhere to be seen. Reluctant to enter the house, Tess camps out on the driveway with her younger brother, Alec, a sulky slacker with emotional wounds of his own. As the siblings get reacquainted, Dan LeFranc’s script suggests currents of hurt and resentment passing between them, conveyed with scrappy charisma by performers Matt Farabee and Kelly O’Sullivan. But LeFranc’s efforts to turn the story into a kind of contemporary Greek tragedy—indicated by a masked chorus of neighborhood children, the suggestion of a family curse, and the introduction of some larger-than-life passions—feel lurid and forced. —Zac Thompson

Price: $43

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