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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016

Any play that begins with the entire cast dead in a heap on the floor has its work cut out for it. As the action of Herculaneum begins, the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius has buried the eponymous ancient Roman town beneath volcanic ash and mudflow. The production then moves back in time, re-creating and invoking life before the disaster through a whimsical, idyllic montage of dance scenes and bacchanalia. The end is the beginning of this mostly wordless, ensemble-conceived one-act, but Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble have created a chilling, moving play, a promising beginning for this brand-new company. —Max Maller

Price: $15, $10 students and seniors


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