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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017

December is not the time for site-specific outdoor theater. Especially if it runs over two hours. Arianna Soloway has a bright idea in staging Pine, Jacqui Honess-Martin’s Christmas-tree-lot workplace drama, in an actual Christmas tree lot, but she doesn’t take full advantage of the setting: with the audience arranged around a stage area, the production be performed anywhere (ideally somewhere less cold and loud), and the location comes across as a gimmick. The script is filled with typical postgrad anxieties; forceful, nuanced performances from Elise Spoerlein and Aria Szalai-Raymond provide the fire that warms this chilly production. (Blankets and heaters are provided, but dress warmly.) —Oliver Sava

Price: $10 suggested donation or free with the purchase of a tree

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