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Common Hatred Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 22 2012

Playwright Calamity West admits in a program note that she's "not particularly moved" by Anton Chekhov's plays. Yet this keenly observed homage to The Cherry Orchard displays a sophisticated understanding of the Russian modernist's genius. Like Chekhov's original, West's script puts a pathologically tight-knit group of relatives, lovers, and hangers-on together in a moldering family manse that's on the block thanks to the financial mismanagement of unmoored siblings Andrew and Olivia. Decades of sublimated resentments spur everyone to ever so cordially tear one another to shreds even as they ache to consummate long-unrequited loves. For this Ruckus Theater premiere, director Karie Miller and her stellar cast artfully navigate West's minefield of purpose and paralysis, mania and indifference, profundity and pointlessness. It's all gracefully, disarmingly true. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$15

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