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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016

Steep’s Theatre's U.S. premiere of a 2010 drama by British playwright Laura Wade is intense and disturbing. Purportedly about class warfare, Posh is in fact about rich people and the persistence and fragility of wealth, perhaps especially in this onetime empire. I wasn’t fully convinced by the script—you may wonder, as I did, what’s at stake, exactly, or whether the play isn’t itself reifying existing inequities (much like Bruce Norris’s Domesticated, currently at Steppenwolf). But what a pleasure to watch this feat of ensemble theater as Jonathan Berry’s direction reveals the fragility of the bonds between the members of an exclusive Oxbridge dining club. Steep’s small space heightens the harrowing tone: we audience members at first seem to be in a room we likely wouldn’t be invited into, eavesdropping; eventually, we feel captive to certain horror. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $25-$35

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