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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 14 2015

Director Sandy Shinner worked as a dramaturg on the original production of Scott McPherson’s play, which premiered at the Goodman Studio Theatre in 1990. Maybe that experience helps account for the deep understanding of the script evident in this funny and moving revival from Shattered Globe Theatre. Seeing as how we’re talking about a comedy concerning estranged sisters thrown together by life-threatening illness, there’s a threat of succumbing to sentimental gloop, grating quirks, or ice-cold gallows humor. But Shinner’s tonally perfect staging manages to be both warmhearted and dry-eyed. Much credit goes to the cast, particularly Linda Reiter, who brings a brash edge to the self-sacrificing, cancer-struck heroine, and Deanna Dunagan, who brings dignity to the role of a dotty aunt. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$33

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