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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 23 2013

The violence in Simon Stephens's twisted drama is so grotesque that, on opening weekend of this Steep Theatre staging, one viewer got up and left, trailed by the envious gaze of several Jeff committee members. But for those who can stomach it, Stephens's play, written in the wake of the 2005 Basra detainee abuse allegations, raises powerful questions about the crises of masculinity and the horrors of war. Joel Reitsma is radioactive as Danny, a mentally unstable British soldier returning home from his tour of duty. His problems seem to run deeper than PTSD, though, when a harsh breakup sets him on a gruesome quest to regain some sense of power. Under Robin Witt's unflinching direction, Danny's violence speaks in the harsh eloquence of tragedy. —Keith Griffith

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