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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 14 2016

Playwright Maria Burnham has the framework for a great Horton Foote domestic drama. Southern Greek-American sisters Olga, Nitsa, and Dimitra convene for their mother’s funeral. Expecting a sizable inheritance, they discover they’ll get nothing unless Dimitra, the free-spirited youngest, settles into marriage within a year. One big secret may prevent Dimitra from ever walking down the aisle, and when cousin Dimitris arrives from Greece with a thinly veiled plot to scuttle any future nuptials, all hell should break loose. But Burnham diminishes the stakes by overexplaining and undercomplicating her story, and Dimitris’s ultimate extortion plan doesn’t make enough sense. Still, she creates a compelling, layered world where ossified ethnic traditions provide comfort and trauma. That world’s left half-formed in Strangeloop Theatre’s tentative production. —Justin Hayford

Price: $18

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