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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10 2013

Everything about Krissy Vanderwarker's production of Sigrid Gilmer's twisted sci-fi comedy is wonderful and extreme: the premise (mad scientist uses a time machine to arm Harriet Tubman and her followers and fuel a Confederacy-wide slave rebellion), the characters (all parodies of stereotypes lifted from Uncle Tom's Cabin)—even the complicated, highly fragmented story line seems designed to disorient the audience at every turn. The result is a rarity in contemporary theater: a truly hilarious play that honestly tackles race and gender in America. And Vanderwarker's casting is pitch-perfect. Marjie Southerland is especially fine as "Harry" Tubman, and the rest of the energetic ensemble fly through this difficult text with breathtaking grace and skill. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$25

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