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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 3 2018

Does anyone else play a compelling shitheel quite like John Henry Roberts? Michael Shannon maybe? Even at an empty, snowy, Super Bowl Sunday matinee—a perfect excuse for theatrical low energy—Roberts and company fill Samuel Adamson's heady, dense adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's story of immigration, capitalism, and cultural revolution with plenty of heat and tension. That's probably not enough to make the metaphor-rich, two-and-a-half-hour-long historical story a hit with wide appeal, but for audiences willing to lean in and engage with the material, director Elly Green's production for Strawdog Theatre Company makes it worth the effort. There's exceptional work on display up and down the massive cast, but Allison Latta is a highlight as a force of nature whose homecoming forever upsets the balance of a tightly knit "moral" community. —Dan Jakes

Price: $35, $26 seniors


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