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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 25 2018

Timberlake Wertenbaker's brilliant 1988 play is well served by imaginative staging and strong ensemble acting in Three Crows Theatre's intimate, bare-bones production. Based on historical events, the story is set in a British penal colony in 1788 Australia—a brutal environment in which hunger, floggings, and hangings are daily facts of life—where convicts (women and men) and their male military overseers collaborate on a production of George Farquhar's Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer. The experience of rehearsing the show has a complex impact on the community, allowing Wertenbaker to explore an array of ever-relevant themes, from the redemptive value of art to the uses and abuses of power. The 12-member cast is fluent in Wertenbaker’s dense, thickly accented language, with Bradley Wilson as a morally upright army officer, Stephen Dunn as his guilt-crazed comrade, and Selena Lopez as a hard-bitten prisoner making especially strong impressions. —Albert Williams

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