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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 11 2017

This Accomplice Theatre production is a story of boredom, misery, and bad weather set at a Podunk brothel in Canada during the gold rush. The girls are tired of the blizzard; upstairs, Ginny (Megan Donahue) diddles the night away in bed with playmate Emmeline (Courtney Abbott). Suddenly, Ginny's husband Charles (Jake Kaufman), thought to have been shot dead, rumbles in, dusts off his boots, and asks his stunned wife to please come home . . . now! She’s gotta cleave to him, he says, 'cause that's what wives are for: cleaving. Trouble is, Ginny’s been cleaving to every gold-digging john in the Klondike—and to Emmeline too. Doesn't matter, he says: you're my wife, you do what I say! And so on. Their fighting is monotonous and takes up almost half the play, which despite some wonderfully blase acting (Laura Coleman, Chelsea David) is dull and sentimental. —Max Maller


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