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When: First Thursday-Sunday of every month. Continues through May 24 2015

Eclipse Theatre Company launches its 2015 season of Terrence McNally works with a well-acted, finely designed production of the writer's 1991 play about two heterosexual married couples spending a weekend in the gay enclave of Fire Island. It's the Fourth of July, 1990, and Sam and Sally Truman have invited Sam's sister, Chloe, and her husband, John, to the beach house that Sally has inherited from her gay brother, who recently died of AIDS. In a series of scenes punctuated by confessional soliloquies, McNally—clearly influenced by the bittersweet tragicomedies of Chekhov—explores the privileged, insecure characters' isolation from each other as well as the overarching theme of life's fragility. (Besides AIDS, the story line involves cancer and suicide as well as adultery and miscarriage.) Though too long for its own good, this alternately touching and tedious 165-minute three-acter offers meaty roles for its four-person cast, and director Ted Hoerl coaxes excellent performances from Dennis Grimes and Kristin Collins as Sam and Sally, Nathaniel Swift as John, and especially Carin Silkaitis as motormouth Chloe. —Albert Williams

Price: $28


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