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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 4 2017

Mike Bartlett’s dazzling play, making its U.S. premiere at Steep, is about our attempt—as all-too-human creatures with puny brains—to come to grips with the end of the world. Directed by Jonathan Berry, the story is set on the eve of a seismic phenomenon so massive that it threatens to destroy human civilization. Swirling through the mass of bodies (it’s a 15-person cast in a tiny space) are a British family of four: Robert (Jim Poole), renowned climatologist and estranged father, and his three daughters, workaholic Sarah (Cindy Marker), 19-year-old hot mess Jasmine (Sarah Price), and pregnant, paranoid Freya (Lucy Carapetyan). As they try out their varied and equally pathetic tactics against disaster—cosmic despair, science, getting high, political activism—they beautifully convey our frailty in the face of forces too big to comprehend. —Max Maller

Price: $10-$35

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