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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017

Wallace Shawn tends to build traps into his plays. You're laughing along with the witty people onstage until you notice that you've crossed over with them into something ugly—and uncomfortably familiar. This 2015 one-act gives that tendency an almost Gothic edge: It's been ten years since Robert and the gang staged Robert's unsuccessful but poetic drama, Midnight in the Clearing With Moon and Stars; now they're getting together for a reunion at one of their favorite old haunts, the Talk House. As the evening progresses we learn that monstrous practices have become commonplace in the intervening decade. Evening turns out to be a hard look at the dark side of human adaptability. It's also a little dull, despite Shade Murray's talent-saturated 90-minute production, featuring a jaw-dropping performance by HB Ward as an actor on the wrong side of the zeitgeist. That's because it's all trap: we see the trip wires too clearly and too soon. —Tony Adler

Price: $30-$35

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