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Hunger Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 25 2012

Axis forces encircled Leningrad for two and a half years during World War II, causing about 650,000 civilian deaths from starvation, disease, and shelling. Elise Blackwell's 2003 novel, Hunger, centers on a group of botanists trying to survive the siege while protecting their research and not falling afoul of Stalin's secret police. The irony that they're starving while studying a food source isn't lost on them. Chris Hainsworth's stage adaptation is alternately mordant and mournful, faltering only in its overuse of long monologues to convey novelistic interiority. In Robert Kauzlaric's harrowing production, an ensemble cast powerfully capture the mix of heroism and ruthlessness required to get through the nightmare alive. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$35


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