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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 30 2017

Playwright Claire Kiechel takes an exhausted theatrical cliche (two emotionally wounded, temperamentally incompatible people aggravate and antagonize each other until pathological spite transforms into ferocious love), sets it in outer space, and adds a robot servant. No, really. Aboard spaceship Destiny (no, really), a taciturn, cynical soldier and a logorrheic, flighty castaway, both lugging big traumatic secrets to a new planet, get stuck sharing a room and bandying metaphors for 100 days. All the unconvincing dialogue, underdeveloped story lines, unrecognizable psychology, and untenable physics (sound “works differently” on other planets) makes this world premiere one-act ring continually false. Directors Michael Patrick Thornton and Jessica Thebus extract all the emotional gravitas such flimsy material allows, only to be thwarted by Kiechel’s overplayed finale. —Justin Hayford

Price: $40



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