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By the Bog of Cats Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017

According to the show's press materials, director John Mossman calls this play "Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog." Marina Carr’s script follows the worst day in the life of antihero Hester Swane (Kristin Collins), the Bog of Cats' resident "tinker," an alcoholic, and unfit mother to her seven-year-old Josie (Elise Wolf). Josie’s father, Carthage (Tim Musachio), is about to marry a much younger woman and take his daughter with him, and Hester is being evicted from her home. Catastrophic events follow, but there’s also dark humor and old-timey wisdom, courtesy of ghosts and the bog's resident seer, Catwoman (Caroline Dodge Latta). The show possesses an otherworldly atmosphere of magical realism; as Josie, Wolf brings much-needed cheerfulness to the tragedy and beautifully sings its folksy soundtrack. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $28-$32, $20 students and seniors (Thursdays and Sundays only)


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