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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 20 2016

Set in the small town of Rising Sun, Indiana, Scott Woldman’s new play follows unassuming Deputy Griggs (Eric Leonard) as he investigates the murder of local teenager Ellie. Or rather, it follows a roving, all-flashback recap of his investigation as he tries to convince his superior to reopen the cold case. Structurally, it’s a semipoetic police procedural, except it hardly proceeds. Rather it ricochets for two hours among telling moments from Griggs’s interviews with members of the preternaturally vitriolic Harper family—each of whom has a motive for killing Ellie, especially her boyfriend, squirrely high-schooler Kevin—without escalating the stakes or tension. And in director Scott Westerman’s disjointed production, the Harpers are less a family than splenetic strangers. Woldman’s admirable dialogue far outshines his plotting. —Justin Hayford

Price: $28-$32, $20 students and seniors



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