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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 2 2016

Given the divergent contemporary interpretations of 17th-century Swedish queen Christina’s life and reign, one can’t criticize Canadian playwright Michel Marc Bouchard for muddying her history (she did summon Descartes to her court, for example, but she didn’t supply him cadavers for scientific investigation). Fortunately, Bouchard’s bold, intricate speculation creates spirited collisions between faith and reason, art and science, governance and warmongering, modernity and antiquity, and most centrally, desire and duty. While Bouchard ultimately reduces Christina’s perplexing abdication to a need to live openly as a lesbian, Cor Theatre’s nimble cast, led by laser-focused Toya Turner as Christina, imbue their characters with ample psychological complexity. Director Tosha Fowler turns the script’s many artful incongruities into two-plus hours of buoyant indeterminacy. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25

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