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When: Through 4/29: Wed 8 PM, Thu 3 PM (no performance 4/5), Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM (8 PM only 4/7), Sun 3 PM

First Folio’s production of Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte’s 2002 two-hander about an English woman on the eve of her wedding dreaming about a Canadian soldier she once knew seems to do everything right under Melanie Keller's direction. The cast—Heather Chrisler and Debo Balogun—seems to work well together. Angela Weber Miller’s rustic set plays to the strengths of Mayslake Hall’s cavernous performing space. Yet there's something bloodless and dutiful about all this. Massicotte’s script is well-crafted and well-researched, but it's also oddly emotionally distant, even when the play takes us to one of the most horrifying battles of the Great War (Ypres, 1915). The performances also lack passion; Chrisler and Balogun feel more like mere friends than would-be lovers. —Jack Helbig

Price: $34-$44, $29-$39 students and seniors

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