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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2014

Sally Nemeth's moving drama, set in 1979 Alabama, explores the impact of a steel-mill fire on three people. Marlene is the 25-year-old widow of a steelworker killed in the blaze, devastated by the loss of her man. Marlene's brother Bo, the mill's foreman and a Vietnam vet, tries to cope with the horror of his brother-in-law's death, even as his marriage to Sunny, an embittered alcoholic, seems to be falling apart. The action jumps back and forth in time in dreamlike fashion, from the night of the fire to an anniversary memorial at a Baptist church. Though the story of loss and healing is universal, the play also captures the malaise of a 1970s American heartland beset by economic troubles, the decline of the industrial sector, and the lingering shadow of the Vietnam war. Shattered Globe Theatre's intimate production, skillfully directed by Sandy Shinner, carefully charts Nemeth's nonlinear narrative with the aid of Charlie Cooper's inventive lighting and superb performances by Kate LoConti as Marlene, Drew Schad as her husband, Ken Bradley as Bo, and Rebecca Jordan as Sunny. —Albert Williams

Price: $18-$30