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When: Wed., June 9 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 18 2010

Dog & Pony Theater Company's production values are high, but they don't mask the shortcomings of this psychological mystery by Philip Dawkins. Set in the dank, leaky basement of a Minnesota post office, the play centers on two postal workers who process undeliverable mail. Christian (the excellent John Fenner Mays) is a middle-aged ex-boxer; his new colleague, intriguingly named Je T'Aime (Kristen Magee), is a young woman with a mysterious past. As the pair's relationship develops, Dawkins asks us to wonder whether Christian is going nuts or really being haunted by the ghost of a man he killed in the ring. Trying to steer clear of formulaic answers, the playwright instead delivers dramatically unsatisfying ambiguity. But Dieterich Gray's in-the-round staging achieves an appropriately spooky atmosphere thanks to inventive design by William Anderson (set), Aaron Weissman (lights), and Stephen Ptacek (sound). --Albert Williams

Price: $17-$22

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