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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016

George Brant’s 2012 one-hander about an air force pilot grounded by pregnancy, then transferred to drone duty takes a well-worn topic, the psychic damage wrought by military conflict, and finds something new to say by focusing on the ways battle has changed since the advent of remote-control air strikes. In particular, Brant explores the alienation of fighting a war as if it were a video game and the strain of living a life that consists of 12 hours of stalking and killing followed by 12 hours of domesticity—as Brant’s protagonist, the Pilot, puts it: “It would be a different book, The Odyssey, if Odysseus came home every day.” Director Lexi Saunders has fashioned a spartan production that depends entirely on the show’s lone actor, Amber Kelly, to engage and unnerve us, something she does with remarkable power and grace. Through it all Kelly keeps us in her crosshairs, and in the process she, and Brant, open up our eyes to the fresh hell that is postmodern warfare. —Jack Helbig

Price: $18-$25

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