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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 19 2015

John Patrick Shanley brings us another play stocked with witty misfits and eloquent losers. The action is set in rural Ireland, but the issues—love, life, fear, loneliness, death—remain the same as those he explores in better-known New York-based works like Doubt (2004) and Moonstruck (1987). Age seems to have mellowed him and deepened his latest play, just off Broadway, a moving comedy-romance whose last 15 minutes are sublime. For this Northlight production director BJ Jones has enlisted A-list performers who know how to bring the best out of the script; Kate Fry in particular shines as that trademark Shanley character, the strong but scarred woman emotionally entangled with a weak, distant man who's afraid to grow up, here ably played by Mark Montgomery. —Jack Helbig

Price: $25-$78

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