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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

The premise of Mia McCullough's tragicomedy would fit snuggly in the Coen brothers universe: the residents of a depressed Oklahoma town where the only employers are a prison and a cattle slaughterhouse—have their lives uprooted by a visiting Boston journalist on the eve of a death-row execution. Alcoholics experience war flashbacks, young dreamers fantasize Chekhov style about escape, and everyone engages in the futile task of trying to keep secrets under wraps in a rural community. Sommer Austin's production for the Agency Theatre Collective creates an engaging chosen-family dynamic in a motel and public house run by a compassionate but iron-strong matriarch of a manager (Denise Hoeflich). As the visitor, though, Jennifer Cheung delivers a curiously straight, nonreactive performance at total odds with the emotionally volatile circumstances around her. —Dan Jakes

Price: $28

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