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

A world-premiere coproduction from the New Colony and Definition Theatre Company, this superb play by Evan Linder follows Jim and Laurel Parker, “proud white trash” in the titular Mississippi town. That there has been a breach of trust between them becomes starkly apparent after the overdue birth of their son reveals that he's black; both sexes' capacity for guilt and forgiveness are called into question in what follows. Linder as Jim and Liz Sharpe as Laurel give nuanced, emotionally raw, and often humorous performances supported by an all-star cast including Cecilia Wingate as Laurel’s overbearing mother, Kiki Layne as wronged wife Ayesha, and Jeffery Owen Freelon Jr. as Jim’s best friend, Karl. Directed by Tyrone Phillips, the work broadens into a thoughtful examination of racism’s tentacles and the grip they have on even the most intimate of relationships. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $20

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