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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 25 2014

Set in rural Mississippi, Jerre Dye's lyrical drama unfolds in a ramshackle house where a sweet teenager named Ace lives with his mother, Lily, who's losing her mind. There are also the ghosts of several female relatives rattling around; sometimes they act as a chorus, other times as Lily's tormentors. Haunted southerners given to waxing poetic aren't exactly an untapped vein in theater, but Dye supplies piquant dialogue and a tragic sense of how the past can squeeze out the present. Both the quick and the dead are sensitively played by the fine cast of this Route 66 Theatre Company staging, which benefits from dreamlike atmospherics and a set (designed by Brian Sidney Bembridge) that feels at once claustrophobic and on the verge of collapse. —Zac Thompson

Price: $35, $20 for students


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